Ancient Egypt and Kush

Unit Highlights

In this unit, students will analyze primary and secondary sources to explain the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the early civilizations of Egypt and Kush. Students will be able to:

  • Explain how geography allowed for the development of Egyptian civilization.

  • Explain the relations between religion and the political and social order in Egypt

  • Describe the main features of Egyptian art and architecture

  • Explain the role of Egyptian trade in the Mediterranean and Nile valley.

  • Explain the relationship between the Kush civilization and Egypt.

  • Compare and contrast the significance of Queen Hatshepsut and Ramses the Great.

  • Sequence the evolution of language and its written forms


Unit Vocabulary

  • Ancient Egypt

  • Cuneiform

  • Hieroglyphics

  • Kingdom of Kush

  • Nile River

  • Nubia

  • Pharaoh

  • Pictographs

  • The Pyramids of Giza

  • Queen Hatsheput

  • Ramses the Great

Activity 1: Ancient Egypt and Kush Pre-Test

Using your prior knowledge, brainstorm, list, and/or draw what you know about Ancient Egypt and Kush in a thinking map. Complete this assignment on the Thinking Maps Learning Community or on paper. You may include:

  • Information you know or kind of know about Ancient Egypt and Kush.

  • Guesses about Ancient Egypt and Kush.

  • Questions you have about Ancient Egypt and Kush.

  • Information you would like to know about Ancient Egypt and Kush.

  • What comes to mind when you think of Ancient Egypt and Kush.

Extension Activities