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Learning about Egypt from a cultural point of view , and learning Ancient Stories( a Teacher's Journey)

by Bonnie Bracey Sutton on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 3:38pm

There is a great kindness, that I found in Egypt among the people.


My name is Bonnie Bracey Sutton. I read about Egypt as a child.There was a man with a Fez who told me stories of Ancient Egypt who lived on my block.. I read the accounts of the finds of Sir Howard Carter. I read these books and more.I saw the exhibit in Washington of King Tuts treasures and kept the catalogue for a very long time.There was a book of the Dead, This book told people dead people , who were buried with it, how to get to the kingdom of Osiris.

THere was a store called Ancient Discoveries in Alexandria , Virginia

THere are many books that we, the students and I read, some of which are copied here.


  •  by David Macaulay ( ISBN 0-590-99518-9, Trumpet)

    This is one of my favorite books for teaching about Egypt.


    This book takes an impressive look at what many consider to be among the most awesome of man's creations-the pyramids of Egypt. Macaulay, through word and blackline drawings, shows Egyptian life and how the pyramids were built. He also talks about the way that Egyptians were readied for the next life. This is a wonderful book about the architecture of the pyramids. THe illustrations are great and simply tell the story.ˆ


  • The Great Pyramid by Elizabeth Mann

    This picture book contains a story within a story as it tells about the building of the great pyramid. While reading about King Khufu and his life, one, also learns why he wanted to build a pyramid, and how the pyramid was constructed. Great detail is given as to the Egyptian life style, including the life of the farmers, who became slaves while building the great pyramid. Beautiful illustrations help capture the essence of this time in history. This is a great book to read to the class, as well as have available for students to enjoy on their own. ˆ


  • Pyramids by Anne Millard ISBN #0-590-63247-7 (Scholastic)

    Ever since ancient times the pyramid as a structural shape has captured out imaginations and played a meaningful and fascinating part in civilized societies. From the ziggurats of Babylon and the Valley of the Kings in ancient Egypt to the towering monuments built by the Aztecs and Maya in Central America, Pyramids examines the mythology and the history of these massive and intriguing creations. ˆ


  • The Egyptian News by Scott Steedman

    This is an over-sized book that is written like a newspaper, telling about the life in Ancient Egypt. The articles are fun and informative, and written as though the events were just happening. Events such as "HYSOS HAMMERED", "BOY-KING DIES", "THE LONGEST BOAT IN OUR COUNTRY", which tells of Pharaoh Khufu's famous funerary boat. There are clever advertisements, a fitness quiz, a Who's Who list of the famous men, The Top Gods, and how to mummify your body. There is a great gossip section telling about the latest banquet, what was eaten, and who was there. A great book to share while studying this fun time in history. It is fun to see a book that teaches facts in such a fun way. One forgets they are learning while enjoying the articles. ˆ 
  •  Hieroglyphs from A to Z by Peter Der Manuelian (ISBN 0-590-40008-8, Scholastic)


  • Hieroglyphs are drawings of ancient symbols found on Egyptian tombs and temple walls. On each page of this book there are hieroglyphs and information about Egyptian culture. The narrative is written in rhyme. Using a stencil of the hieroglyphs, you can learn how to write secret messages with Egyptian symbols. 

    *This book comes with a stencil of hieroglyphs. ˆ


  • Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure by Lila Perl ( ISBN 0-590-96226-4, Scholastic)

    What happens to people after they die? The Egyptians thought if they mummified a dead person, his spirit would live forever. At first nature did the job; the desert sun dried and preserved bodies buried in shallow sandpit graves. Mummifying methods became more elaborate with time, as did after-life dwelling places. Eventually, the Egyptians built the largest known tombs-the pyramids-in which wealthy Egyptians were buried with food, household items, and treasure. The ancient Egyptian way of death has left us a rich legacy of information about a way of life of which there is no other record. Lila Perl's thoroughly documented account is as fascinating as it is revealing. ˆ 

    But to have a good read, there are books of the discoveries of Sir Howard Carter, or reports about Howard Carter.


    This is a book I read over and over.

    There was also some book that shared how to make a mummy.

    I was fascinated. THen there was a laser disc program about the examination of a mummy.I always wanted to know how they extracted the brain of the mummy through the nose. 

    I think I could have been an archaeologist if I had more knowledge in my early life of how to follow that career

    Here is an online sharing about Sir Howard Carter.



    I am watching the revolution on line.

    I had dreamed of going to Egypt and have had two visits. Once I just went alone because I wanted to go to the museum of antiquities. My friend Heba Ramzy was in charge of this project. I had been studying geography at the National Geographic at a summer institute  when I vowed that I would make the trip. It took a little time. There were wars and unrest and no one wanted to go with me. So I took myself and booked into a hotel. It was a wonderful trip


    I had a friend who worked for Mrs. Mubarak. I knew of filmmakers because I was working with the Greeks on the Agora project. So I had a few contacts. I knew how to dress and generally had informed myself about the culture. We also worked with the Internet Society, and with the GAID.org on the Millneium Development Goals.


    For Children I leared...from Heba


    I am not sure that the site is up, I cannot tell based on the things going on .. lots of the Internet sites in Egypt are down as I write this.


    Little Horus


    Little Horus is the first Egyptian website especially designed for children. The website consists of over 700 pages of information and illustrations that address children between the ages 6 to 15 in both Arabic and English. Little Horus provides a comprehensive journey that transcends Egypt's 7000 years of civilization into an educational and cultural experience for children, adults, educators and professionals. Not only this, but Little Horus also offers children games, fun and entertainment to suit all ages. The site offers a variety of portals that provide a contemporary view of Egypt through Pharonic, Coptic, Greek and Modern civilizations. Little Horus prides on its achievements of more than 12,000 children from over 54 countries visit the site daily, and receives more than hundreds of messages per day. Teachers and students from several countries use the site as an educational reference material.


    Little Horus has received both national and international recognition for its excellence and commitment to edutainment within the Arab region. The continued success of Little Horus resulted in prestigious awards and received the 1st place in the Cable & Wireless Childnet International Award, the best Achiever of the Internet Society of Egypt (ISE) 1999 Annual Award, and was published in Bill Gates book as one of the best sites for children


    She worked for RITSEC. On the first visit, I did the pryamids, and Cairo. It is a huge town. She was helping to develop internet resources in various parts of Egypt.




    The push to see Egypt..The National Geographic photos intriguee me.While living in Europe I thought about going to Egypt, but there was always something going on. My mother would tell you that I spent lots of time in museums looking at things about Egypt. Mostly, I had books. Books that showed me these pictures. http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/index.html

    Once ar man in a red fez saw me when I was in New York, and he asked me if I was a daughter of Egypt? I thought me?

    He was very polite, he told me how to write my name in Heroglyphics and gave me a long red rose. He was not being fresh. We were at a conference and I had told him I was a teacher. Later, in the year I got wonderful posters about Egypt that I used in my classroom at Long Branch. So, I decided to find a cheap fare from Hotwire.


    Finally thinking about the way geographers learn, I found a great fare and just wen to Egypt for under 500 dollars.

    This time I was excited because the only agenda was to see Egypt. I was so excited ..

    t. I was so excited. This was a trip of a lifetime for me.

    I landed just as the sun set. I could see the city as I knew it from the map in my classroom that was done

    to show the extremes of the desert and the city. I was thinking of the god Nut...I love astronomy too.

    Learning the stories of the ancients was another hook in my interests , about ancient Egypt.


    If you study ancient astronomy there are rich photographs and drawing. THere was in Alexandria, Virginia a store called Ancient Discoveries. I spent a lot of money there buying kits to learn to make papyrus.

    I read the books about the Nile. THe Smithsoian has a deparatment of anthropology. Sometimes I took classes there.



    I see the airport, where I spent a little time, the most interesting thing about the airport was this huge sign that said all who deal drugs will be killed. Other that that there was nothing. There was a huge crush of people and there were many people smoking.


    I had a neighbor as a child who wore a red fez. He said he was Egyptian. He used to tell me stories. I did not know whether to believe them or not. He was telling interesting stories but they were not in the books that I knew.


    Then came the master story teller, the museum of antiquities, and exhibits in museums. THe Smothsonian had a guide for teachers and Nathan Lyon's grandmother helped us to make a huge example of a mummy in gold and blue.

    We had resources some huge charts from a museum exhibit to show the elements of culture but mostly I used the huge pictures of Tutenkamen.



    Here are some of the pictures . http://www.kingtut.org/home

    You can poke fun at Archaeology with this book by David McCauley


    You can use Map Machine and Google Maps to see Egypt.




    Cairo Street people  http://www.flickr.com/photos/26372699@N04/2495710508/in/pool-28392596@N00/

    Cairo Street Food and Culture  http://www.bing.com/images/search?q&view=detail&id=30EE75EC...



    Koshari a special snack food


    "Lentils, rice and pasta are cooked and then served in a spicy tomato sauce. This is a typical Egyptian dish that is very good and cheap over here! Puree the sauce in a food processor if you like a smoother texture."

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