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  • 1. Do Now: Importance of Water
    • Take out your social studies notebook
    • Start a new entry titled “the Importance of Water”
    • Make a list!
    • Write down as many examples as possible.. What can H 2 O do? What makes it important?
  • 2. Geography of Ancient Egypt : Importance of the Nile River Social Studies Reading Workshop
  • 3. Things to Learn:
    • What: Importance of the Nile River on life in ancient Egypt
    • How: From both primary and secondary sources
  • 4. Teaching Point
    • Good historians cannot travel back in time so they use both primary and secondary sources to understand what actually happened in the past
  • 5. Look carefully…
  • 6. Look at this satellite image
    • Can you locate the Nile River Valley ? 尼羅河谷在哪兒 ?
    • What else can you see? 除了尼羅河谷外 , 我們還能看見什麼 ?
    • What can we learn about the life of Ancient Egyptians by looking at this image ? 這張圖告訴我們什麼 ?
    • Write in your notebook…
  • 7. Primary Source: “Hymn to the Nile”
    • Now let’s read a hymn written circa 2100 BC …
    • On your “double-entry journal” handout, quote at least three different places of the hymn on the left side, and what each quote teaches you about the impact the Nile river had on life in ancient Egypt.
    • You can use text from either of the two translations
  • 8. Example…
    • From the Text (Clues)
    • “ Hail to thee, O Nile! Who manifests thyself over this land, and comes to give life to Egypt! ”
    • Inferences (Hidden Message)
    • ▶ The ancient Egyptians clearly considered the Nile their source of life, and it comes to “give life to Egypt.” It might very well be their only source of water in the midst of the lifeless African dessert…..
    • ▶ Being called the “giver of life” is a big deal, even for a long river, so I think people back then might have worshiped the Nile River. They might even have considered it as important and holly as the sun..
  • 9. Secondary Source
    • It’s non-fiction reading time!
    • We’re going to combine social studies learning and non-fiction reading workshop together, kill two birds with one stone!
  • 10. I want to teach you today
    • Good readers of non-fiction often use pictures and their captions to predict the main idea of the text before they dive into the text!
  • 11. Now watch me…
    • I found a good article on the Nile River and ancient Egypt civilization on the Internet..
    • The article has two pictures.
    • Before I read, I look at these two pictures and think to myself…
  • 12. The Two Pictures The River The Desert
  • 13. Now you try….
    • Let’s look at one of the most reliable secondary sources out there: our TEXTBOOK!
    • Open up to page P.107!
    • Let’s look at the picture on the bottom of the page, talk to your partner: what do you think the text is going to be about?
  • 14. Now Readers AND great Historians,
    • Let’s work on putting the Nile puzzle pieces together by using our great secondary source!
    • Remember that good NF readers always look at pictures and captions first!
    • Read textbook p.106~p.111 on your own!
    • Complete the handout…