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School group in the Ancient Egypt gallery

Ancient Egypt: The Eternal Voice

Social Studies/Art, Grades 3–12
Time required: 45 minutes to 1 hour

The people of ancient Egypt speak to us through the primary sources of writing, artifacts, and art. The purpose of the program in this exhibit is to use these sources as evidence for their beliefs, technology, society, and daily lives as well as the history of their rulers.

Important artifacts include: the painted coffin of the priestess Anesenmes, c. 1000 BCE; six animal mummies, including two cats; a limestone sarcophagus, c. 100-300 BCE; many artifacts of daily life.

Additionally, the programs support the common core English language arts literacy standards in history and social studies in integrating information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively with other information in print and digital texts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI…7 for various grades).

Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum

  • 3rd: World Geography & Cultures. Maps and globes; Egyptian culture, customs, and art; Nile River, Sahara; pharaohs, art, writing, mummies; natural resources and environment and basic needs. 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.9, 3.13, 3.46, 3.47, 3.48, 3.49, 3.50
  • 6th: World History & Geography, Early Civilizations through Roman Empire. Characteristics of civilizations; agriculture; society, religion, and history; writing and funerary art. 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.15, 6.17, 6.18, 6.19, 6.20
  • Ancient History. The environment, economy, technology, and social organization of ancient Egypt that led to civilization, and the changes in political structures, religion, and history as seen in artifacts, writing, art and architecture. AH.9, AH.11, AH.12, AH.13, AH.16
  • World Geography. The influence of the natural environment and natural resources, technological change, and cultural interactions as seen in the past landscape and population of ancient Egypt. WG.11, WG.12, WG.19, WG.20

Tennessee Visual Arts Curriculum

  • Visual Art, Grades 6-8. Standard 1.0, 1.1.1; Standard 3.0, 3.1.1; Standard 4.0, 4.1.1, 4.4.1
  • Visual Art History. Standard 1.0, 1.1.1; Standard 2.0, 2.3.3; Standard 3.0, 3.1.3; Standard 4.0, 4.1.1

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