Case 3: The Pyramids - Eternal Monuments
BIG IDEA: Some all-powerful leaders
demand great monuments to honor and immortalize them.
- How was it possible, do you suppose, for such mammoth
structures to be built in these ancient times, with no modern
- What kinds of living and working arrangements, do you
suppose, needed to be made for such a large group of workers?
- What do you suppose causes a ruler to want a monument
to honor him? What's behind such thinking? What are your
- How does the building of such monuments serve the people
of a society? How does it disadvantage them?
- What made the builders of the pyramids choose a triangular
structure? Why not a square or a rectangle? What are your
ideas on that? What do you see as some engineering problems
in using this kind of shape?
- What do you suppose made it possible for the pyramids
to remain standing after so many years? What accounts for
it? What structures, from your own town, city, state, do
you suppose will last for the next 5,000 years? What makes
you think that's true?
Case 4: Life in the Palace of the Pharaohs
BIG IDEA: There was a great divide
between the rich people who lived in the palace of the
Pharaoh, and the peasants, farmers and artisans.
- How would you describe life in the palace of the pharaohs?
What data do you have to support that description?
- How was life in the palace different from the lives of
- How do you suppose people wound up in their particular
- How was it possible for people to move up or down the
social class ladder? What are your ideas about that?
- How do you explain the fact that the rich had such fabulous
wealth and power while the poor Egyptians had so little?
How does such imbalance occur? What are your ideas?
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