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Art Language Arts Math and Science Mummies Social Studies
Students Write a Book
from the DIA collectionMajor Resources

  • Cooper, J. David and John Pikulski. Explore: Invitations to Literacy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.
  • Freeman, David and Yvonne. Horizontes, Invitaciones. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997.English and Spanish language arts text books used in class.
  • Writer´s Express: A English Handbook for Young Writers and Thinkers and Learners. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
  • Write Source 2000. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
    Written English composition was taught using these text books. Students used them as reference books.
  • Hart, George. Exploring the Past: Ancient Egypt. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1988.
    I read this book to the class, emphasizing the cultural aspects.
  • Macaulay, David. Pyramid. New York: Houghton-Mifflin, 1975. I read from this book to discuss construction and design of the pyramids.
  • Putnam, James. Eyewitness Books: Mummy. New York: Knopf, 1990. This book was very helpful in discussions about the mummification process. Contents of a pharaoh´s tomb were also covered.
  • Sabuda, Robert. Tutankhamun´s Gift. New York: Atheneum, 1994. This was the "story starter" for the student´s original books. It´s written from a child´s point of view.

Other Resources:

  • Papyrus paper, often illustrated with hieroglyphs (available from DIA Museum Shop, many book stores) Examining real papyrus helps students understand how it was made and used in ancient Egypt.
  • Roehrig, Catherine. Fun with Hieroglyphs. New York: Viking, 1994.
  • Ancient Egyptian Design Coloring Book. This helped students produce illustrations for their books and covers.


  • Egypt: Quest for Eternity. National Geographic. A good presentation of basic concepts of ancient Egypt.


  • Allen, Thomas B. "The Silk Road´s Lost World," National Geographic, March, 1992, pp. 44-51. More recent mummies.
  • Gore, Rick. "Ramses the Great," National Geographic, 1994, pp.2-31. Includes photos of Ramses´ mummy, and artifacts from his reign.
  • Lehner, Mark. "Computer Rebuilds the Ancient Sphinx," National Geographic, April, 1991, pp. 32-29. Preservation efforts are documented.
  • Noblecourt, Christiane. "Tutankhamun´s Golden Trove," National Geographic, October, 1963, pp.625-646.

Thirty-two fifth grade students worked on this project in Language Arts class, which lasts through 2 fifty-minute class periods each morning. The project took about 6 weeks to complete. Though some students completed illustrations at home, most work was done in class.

Step 1. The teacher reads Tutankhamun´s Gift by Robert Sabuda aloud as students follow along. Students also take turns reading aloud from the story. This fictional story is based on facts about the life of the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The students will write a creative story about themselves as a friend of the young Tutankhamun, studying ancient Egypt to provide a framework for their story.

Step 2. Class discusses the story elements: main idea, problem, resolution, setting, main characters and a describes each character.

Step 3. Teacher and students read other books and watch video about life in ancient Egypt.


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