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November 6, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Monica - Sharing Food, Sharing Voices: Girls of the World Unite!

Kid's Version Available

On their own in Egypt, the female trekkers spend an afternoon with a group of young Egyptian women, discussing in broken Arabic and English, the differences between the lives of girls in the U.S. and girls in Egypt.

Monica concludes by asking whether the similarities between the life of a Westerner, like herself, and the life of an Egyptian woman outweigh the differences. Have your students create an illustrated chart comparing and contrasting.

Jasmine - Valley of the Dead

Kid's Version Available

Learn about the ancient Egyptian view of death, explore the tombs of famous pharaohs including King Tut's tomb, and examine the present day state of the famous Valley of the Dead.

Have your students make an illustrated list of the things they would want to buried in and explain why. If you're careful and prepared to adequately address questions that arise, students love to discuss their differing views on "What's after death?".

Abeja - Egyptian life, THEN and now

Information about Egyptian society, hierarchy and stratification. Information about the lives of ordinary Egyptians during Pharaonic times.

What do your students think people living on the earth 2000-3000 years from now will think about our every day lines in the year 1999? What artifacts will we leave behind? Perhaps our biggest most indestructible buildings, definitely our nuclear waste! What else? Have your students write a "pseudo-archeological report" as if they were archeologists in the future. Have them analyze - either having fun and being creative, or serious and analytical - society based on what they find.

Abeja - Egyptian life, NOW and then

Abeja reports on Modern day Egypt, highlighting how the ancient Egyptian culture blends with the modern world, creating a complex Egyptian society. Includes information on Cairo, modern-day Egypt, the role of men and women in Egyptian society Berbers, Arabs, and Nubians.

Ask your students to write a descriptive piece about everyday life in your community in the style of Abeja's dispatch.

Kavitha - Stay Tuned for More Egyptian Dynasty...

In the style of a soap opera summary, Kavi relates the story of the Tuthmosis Dynasty of ancient Egypt, the first Pharaohs to be entombed in the Valley of the Kings. Includes the story of Queen Hatshepsut, wife of Tuthmosis II, and her conflict with Tuthmosis III, Egypt's greatest conqueror.

The lives of kings and leaders often read like legends and/or soap operas. Ask your students to write a soap opera style summary of the life of some famous person or family from their culture's history.
If you have a little more time, students will really remember this history if they write and act out little one act soap operas!

Making a Difference - The Parthenon Temple: Reuniting a symbol of world cultural heritage

Have the British lost their marbles? Find out more about the Parthenon marbles. How they got to England and why some think they should be back in Athens where they belong.

Discuss both sides of the issue. What do the students think? Have them write a letter of opinion to Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Making a Difference - Just Do It...or forever hold your peace!

NIKE athletic gear is using too much third world "slave labor". In places like Indonesia, workers have long hours and little pay. Plus they endure dangerous working conditions. Find out in this dispatch how to "Just don't buy it" and give help to give the factory workers a better work life.

Practically everyone in America owns a NIKE product of some kind. The popularity of their products is overwhelming. Have the students tally up how many NIKE products they own and how much money they have spent on them. Compare the cost of the items with the amount paid to the people who make them. How long would it take for a factory worker to save up enough money to buy a full NIKE outfit? Then have a "NIKE Awareness Day" where the students see if they can ALL not wear a single piece of NIKE merchandise. This day can be repeated monthly or even weekly as a protest of NIKE's labor practices.

 
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