Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Help the Ancients pick the Best Home in Egypt

By Eileen Massey
Meet the Author

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

and Standards



 Student Guide

Powered By


Contact Us
Student Guide

What are the reasons people settle in one area instead of another?

This is a dilemma faced by people throughout history. Before learning about the early civilizations of Egypt, you and your group will need to develop an understanding of the land and how it influenced the decisions made by the early Egyptians. In this project, you will research the physiographic features of Egypt and determine the area that would be most perfect for a civilization to develop and flourish. You will present your research to the class. Each group will discuss their ideas and as a class, decide on the best location

Examining A Map of Egypt
Looking at an outline map of Egypt, what can you tell about the area?

Using Inspiration as a brainstorm tool, let's try to answer these questions:

What do people need in order for their settlement to survive and thrive?

What physiographic features might you find in Egypt to satisfy the basic needs?

You will need:
1.Inspiration - other

Creating Subsidiary Questions
What questions do you need to answer in order to help guide your decisions about finding the right spot in Egypt.

Use the following questions to help guide you:

What and where are the rivers in Egypt and Near East?

What and Where are the different deserts in the area?

What sea is north of Egypt?

What is the triangular piece of land that conects Africa to Asia?
You will need:
1.Atlas - Book

Using Subsidiary Questions
Be sure you have signed AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) forms and reviewed district rules on Internet use.

Form a 4 member group. Review the role and decide on who will be the researcher, cartographer, editor, and presenter.

The Researcherís role will be to coordinate the information found by each group member. The Researcher will maintain the journal and be responsible for the accuracy of each entry.

The Cartographerís role is to accurately place and label each physiographic feature on the groupís electronic map.

The Editorís role is to facilitate group meetings and to make sure each memberís ideas are heard, each member participates, all information is shared and discussed. The editor needs to be sure the work is done accurately and in a timely manner. The editor is the liaison between the group members and the teacher. The editor is the person who is in contact with the teacher and asking for help when needed.

The Presenterís role is to coordinate the groupís presentation. The presenter makes sure each person knows their role in the presentation and that the visuals are accurate, and are a part of the presentation

Look over your subsidiary questions. Create a list of key words as a guide for your research to find the answers to your subsidiary questions.
You will need:
1. - Multimedia Presentation

Researching Physiographic Features

Create a folder on the destop with your group name and place all files and maps in this folder

Now use the links below and search on Vivisimo search engine to explore maps that will help you answer the worksheet of subsidiary questions.

Make a record of your resources using Citation Machine and save it in your desktop folder.

Physiographic Features

Click on the outline Map of Egypt link below and save the image as outlinemap.jpg in your group folder.

Open Photoshop. Then open outlinemap.jpg from Photoshop.

Based on your research,use the drawing tool to begin to add the physiographic features you found to your map.

Be sure to label each feature with the text tool and save your work.

Click on the Rubric for Outline Map below and save it as rubric1.doc in your group folder. Use it to assess your map.

You will need:
1.Rubric for Outline Map - Handout
2.Outline Map of Egypt - other
3.Sample Subsidiary Questions - Handout
4.Map site - Web Site
5.Map Site 2 - Web Site
6.Map Site 3 - Web Site
7.Historical Atlas of the World - other
8.Atlas Intermediate - other
9.The Map Book - other
10.World Geography and You - other
11.Nystrom Desk Atlas - other
12.Hammond Students Atlas of the World - other

Peer Editing
Print out your map. Join one other group and compare maps and discuss features. Using your subsidiary questions and rubric 1, make decisions about the identified features and the accuracy of their placement on the map. Based on input from the other group, edit your work.

Each group will edit their map based on peer input.
You will need:
1.Rubric for Scoring Outline Map of Egypt - Handout

Answering Subsidiary Questions
After you edit your map, use that information to complete the answers to your subsidiary questions.
You will need:
1. - Work Sample
2. - Work Sample

Position Statement
Now use the information on your outline map and the answers to subsidiary questions to complete a Position Statement. Use the rubric to guide your work. Be sure you clearly label your choice on your map and identify the spot on your statement.
You will need:
1.Position Statement - Handout
2.Rubric for Position Statement - Handout

Selecting the Best Location for the First Settlement in Ancient Egypt

Developing Presentations
Go over the Scoring Presentation of Settlement Site rubric, Plan for effective presentation techniques including the use your voice, body language, eye contact, and other methods of conveying your message to your audience. The limit for your presentation is 3 minutes. When you have completed planning your presentation, you will need to practice it before you present it to their your audience. Prepare to use an LCD projector or a TV monitor to present your project. Check with your teacher for your due date.
You will need:
1.Rubric for Scoring Presentation - Handout

Answering the Essential Question