Social Studies Objectives

Chapter Three, African Civilizations of the Nile Valley

Lesson One, The Importance of the Nile River

1.  Evaluate the impact of the Nile River on life in ancient Egypt.

2.  Compare the Egyptian calendar with the cycle of the Nile River.

3.  Analyze the relationship between the religion of the ancient Egyptians and nature.

4.  Examine how the peoples of the Two lands of the Nile Valley came into conflict and were unified.

Lesson Two, The Dynasties of Egypt

1.  Evaluate how the pharaoh contributed to continuity in Egyptian life.

2.  Synthesize information about innovations in Old Kingdom tombs with new ideas emerging in Egyptian religion.

3.  Analyze the changes in Egyptian society during the Middle Kingdom.

4.  Hypothesize about why the change in religion introduced by the New Kingdom pharaoh Amenhotep IV did not take hold.

Lesson Three, His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut

1.  Evaluate Hatshepsut's unique place in early Egyptian history.

2.  Analyze how Hatshepsut adjusted to her new role in Egyptian society.

Lesson Four, Kush: Egypt's Rival

1.  Hypothesize about why the Nubians and Egyptians in the Middle Kingdom cooperated with each other.

2.  Summarize the outcome of the conflict between Kush and Egypt.

3.  Evaluate the impact of the kushite conquest of Egypt.

4.  Analyze how the cooperation in trade helped Kush flourish.

Counterpoints, Which civilization came first, Nubia or Egypt?

1.  Compare and contrast views concerning the influence of the Nubian and Egyptians civilizations on each other.

2.  Summarize what is known about the rivalry between Nubia and Egypt.