Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Help the Ancients pick the Best Home in Egypt

By Eileen Massey
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"What are the reasons people settle in one area instead of another?"

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Peer Editing

Instructional Time: 45 minutes

Each group will join one other and compare maps and discuss features. Based on input, groups will edit their work.

Using subsidiary questions and rubric 1, students make decisions about the identified features and the accuracy of their placement on the map.

Each group will edit their map based on peer input.

California Content Standards
History and Social Science
Grades 6-8. Historical and Social Sciences Analysis Skills
Chronological and Spatial Thinking
HSS.6-8.3. Students use a variety of maps and documents to identify physical and cultural features of neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries and to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economic systems.
Grade Six. World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations
HSS.6.2. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Kush.
HSS.6.2.1. Locate and describe the major river systems and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement and early civilizations.

1.Rubric for Scoring Outline Map of EgyptHandoutHardware:

Microsoft Office

Method of Checking for Understanding: