Ancient Egypt

Level 1A

Note: We have not read all the books on this list. Most are either stocked by reliable catalogs or are by authors with who we are familiar.

Key text: * The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne

Each lesson is to be read aloud and narrated. As part of each lesson learn unfamiliar names, locate places on a map and look at relevant illustrations.

Note: Most lessons cover an entire section in the book. Where a section is split into more than one lesson, line and paragraph numbers are given to show where to stop reading.

Recommended Reference Materials

Ancient Egypt Timeline

Usborne Encyclopedia of the Ancient World

Optional Extras

Usborne Time Traveller: Pyramids and Pharaoh. An entertaining look at life in Ancient Egypt

The Orchard Book of Egyptian Gods and Pharaohs by Robert Swindells. Illustrated introduction to Egyptian mythology.

Lessons 1 to 4: The Rediscovery of Ancient Egypt (AD.1798 – AD.1822)

(1) pp. 3 – 6

(2) pp. 6 – 10

(3) pp. 10 – 14

(4) pp. 14 – 19

Lessons 5 to 9: The First Egyptians and the Dead Demigods (c.25000/10000BC – 3200BC)

(5) pp. 20 – 24

(6) pp. 24 – 29 (end of 2nd para)

(7) pp. 29 (3rd para) – 32 (2nd line)

(8) pp. 32 (2nd line) – 35 (end of 3rd para)

(9) pp. 35 (4th para) – 39

Lessons 10 to 14: “The Good God” – Pharaoh Cheops (c.2756BC – c.2553BC)

(10) pp. 40 – 45

(11) pp. 45 – 48 (4th line)

(12) pp. 48 (1st para) – 53

(13) pp. 53 – 59

(14) pp. 59 – 63

Lessons 15 to 17: “I Show Thee a Land Topsy-Turvey” (c.2553BC-c.1505BC)

(15) pp. 64 – 69

(16) pp. 69 – 74 (4th line)

(17) pp. 74 (1st para) – 79

Lessons 18 to 21: “His Majesty, Herself” – Queen Hatshepsut (c.1505BC-1484BC)

(18) pp. 80 – 83 (end of 2nd para)

(19) pp. 83 (3rd para) – 89

(20) pp. 89 – 92

(21) pp. 92 – 96

Lessons 22 to 27: “The Smiter of the Asiatics” – Pharaoh Thutmose the Third (c.1484BC-c.1461BC)

(22) pp. 97 – 101 (end of 1st para)

(23) pp. 101 (2nd para) – 106

(24) pp. 106 – 110

(25) pp. 110 – 111

(26) pp. 111 – 115 (end of 3rd para)

(27) pp.115 (last 2 lines) – 118

Lessons 28 to 35: The Criminal of Akhetaton – Pharaoh Akhnaton (c.1361BC-c.1344BC)

(28) pp. 119 – 122

(29) pp. 122 – 127

(30) pp. 127 – 130

(31) pp. 130 – 132

(32) pp. 132 – 137

(33) pp. 137 – 141

(34) pp. 141 – 146 (4th line)

(35) pp. 146 (1st para) – 152

Lessons 36 to 40: The beginning of the End – Pharaoh Rameses the Second (c.1291BC – c.1224BC)

(36) pp. 153 – 156 (5th line)

(37) pp. 156 (1st para) – 160 (2nd para)

(38) pp. 160 (last 4 lines) – 164

(39) pp. 164 – 169

(40) pp. 169 – 172

Optional Further Reading

NON-FICTION

Tut’s Mummy Lost and Found by Judy Donnelly. Easy reader telling the story of the discover of Tutenkhamun’s tomb.

The Boy Pharaoh: Tutenkhamun by Noel Streatfeild. A recreation of the life of Tutenkhamun by a gifted author of both children’s fiction and historical non-fiction. Out of print.

Mummies Made in Egypt by Aliki. A clear, thorough description of the mummification process.

Cleopatra by Diane Stanley

Pyramid by David Macaulay

Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt by James Baikie

PICTURE BOOKS

Senefer by Beatrice Lumpkin

Pepi and the Secret Names by Jill Paton Walsh

Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile by Tomie de Paola. Just for fun! (Not historical)

Pharoah’s Boat by David Weitzman

Exodus by Brian Wildsmith

Joseph by Brian Wildsmith

MYTHOLOGY

Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green. Retelling of Egyptian myths by a friend of C.S.Lewis.

Egyptian Treasures: Mummies and Myths told by Jim Weiss (audio).

HISTORICAL FICTION

Casting the Gods Adrift: a Tale of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine McCaughrean. Set in the time of Akhenaten. Could be read alone or as a read aloud.

Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones

Gift of the River by Enid La Monte Meadowcroft OOP

 The following books are written for slightly older children and may be more suitable for Level 2:

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

God King by Joanne Williamson

Shadow Hawk by Andre Norton – set during the Hyksos invasions, c.1590

The Cat of Bubastes by G.A.Henty

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