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EGYPT: LITERACY Plays, Drama, Novels, Stories from Egypt, Reading Schemes

Many of our selections for Literacy with an Egyptian theme should also be useful in a cross-curricular context, integrating well with Scottish Standard Curriculum 5 -14 / National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History.

There's a mix, from plays about Ancient Egypt for classroom use to readers for all levels, including titles in the Oxford Reading Tree Treetops series and rewarding reads for reluctant readers / reading difficulties. The Phonics Comics featuring Otis Mouse are also bound to be popular.

Our choice of reference materials provide varied sources of information - many of them using specialist vocabulary / language / notation such as hieroglyphics. Some books are are internet-linked, making good use of cross-referencing and the use ICT to find information - as do CD-ROMs which are cross-referenced with accompanying books . . .

The variety of resources for learning about Ancient Egyptian life is wide - classroom , games, project ideas, discussion guides. And we provide themed links to many more resources.

There is a separate page for meaterials related to the alphabet and the Rosetta Stone

There's also an extra feature: "Teaching Literacy In A Multi Lingual Environment".

READING SCHEMES, READERS AND PHONICS

Phonics Comics OTIS C. MOUSE; EGYPT (PHONICS COMICS: LEVEL 3) OTIS C. MOUSE - EGYPT: A TALE OF TOO MANY CITIES Phonics Comics: level 3 by Wendy Wax ( innovative KIDS)

Otis C. Mouse lives a happy life in New York City - until he accidentally gets whisked away to Egypt. His epic adventure begins with a whirlwind tour of the country's history and culture. Keep your eyes peeled for future adventures as Otis travels the world trying to get home. Where will he end up next? It's a tale of too many cities! (Well, three tales, actually).

Innovative Kids publishes educational, award-winning "hands-on, minds-on" books and games for children including the Now I'm Reading!" series for Beginning Readers, Gross Anatomy, Bubbleology and Build-A-Word.
(Age 6+, paperback, 24 pages)

PHONICS COMICS at Amazon

Reading Schemes TREETOPS TRUE STORIES: TOMB RAIDERS - DISCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN (Oxford Reading Tree: Stages 13-14) by Simon Cheshire and Jim Eldridge

A young waterboy alerts the team to the discovery of the treasure-filled tomb of King Tutankhamun - exciting, motivating, carefully levelled, narrative non-fiction for Year 5s. As with the other TreeTops True Stories series, varied types of writing are featured: full introduction and story background sections, narrative 'faction' text and full supporting contents, index and glossary. 'Tomb Raiders - Discovering Tutankhamun' is an excellent supporting text for project work on the Egyptians. The artwork (halftones and line drawings throughout) is realistic. Photos and captions are relevant.

As with all Oxford Reading Tree titles in the TreeTops library , this comes with free, flexible Teacher's Notes.

OXFORD READING TREE: STAGE 8: MORE STORYBOOKS A: CLASS PACK (36 books, 6 of each title) by Roderick Hunt (OUP, 2008)

'Egyptian Adventure' is also available separately.

The Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 8 readership is Y2/P3, with an interest age, 6-7 year olds
A class pack with six copies of each of: 'Egyptian Adventure', 'Save Floppy!', 'Pocket Money', 'The Evil Genie', 'What Was It Like?' and 'Flood!'
Teaching Notes (single copy) - offering help with comprehension, word recognition, assessment and guided reading sessions. Workbooks are also available:

MUMMIES - ALL ABOARD READING: Level 2 (School / Library Binding 2008) by Joyce Milton and Susan Swan

There's also a paperback version of 'Mummies' (All Aboard Reading)

TUTANKHAMUN'S ARROW (Collins Red Storybooks) by Karen Wallace

The twins find an arrow in a junk shop - and mysteriously find themselves in Ancient Egypt, watching the funeral of King Tutankhamun. But then they have to find their way back to the future, by discovering what is hidden in the pictures in the tomb - and with the help of a black cat.

Picture Dicctionary Ancient Egypt PICTURE DICTIONARY OF ANCIENT EGYPT Oxford Reading Tree Stage 11 - TreeTops Non-fiction

see more PICTURE DICTIONARIES

TREETOPS NON-FICTION at Amazon

READING DIFFICULTIES / RELUCTANT READERS rewarding reads for people with reading difficulties / reluctant readers

MUMMIES (Trailblazers) by David Orme (pub. Ransom)

"Mummies" investigates strange legacies from the past, including the famous mummy's curse. The fiction story "The Walking Horror" is particularly scary!

"Trailblazers" readers for older children and young adults have a reading age of 5-8. Each reader looks appealing to the older target audience, and provides a satisfying read for older children / young adults with reading difficulties or who are learning English as a second language. Each title features a different popular topic, with an illustrated non-fiction section plus a supporting fictionalised story. The story is presented in two formats - with simple text on one page and an illustrated "speech bubble" version on the facing page.

TRAILBLAZERS READERS at Amazon

READING DIFFICULTIES / RELUCTANT READERS

EXTREME HABITATS: DESERTS (ticktock Media Ltd, 2007) by Jim Page

Narrative text, fact boxes and dramatic imagery place the reader in the role of a traveller exploring the desert! Low-level text is combined with highly visual spreads to appeal to older, reluctant or less able readers.

Each book in the 'Extreme Habitats' series includes a fact file section perfect for schoolwork.

Also available: EXTREME HABITATS SCHOOL PACK

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CHAPTER BOOKS FOR EARLY READERS

Now also available in a Kindle Edition (Kindle Book, 2009) The Curse Of King Tut's Mummy THE CURSE OF KING TUT'S MUMMY (STEPPING STONE CHAPTER BOOKS) Grade 2-4 by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld and Jim Nelson (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Now available as

STEPPING STONE CHAPTER BOOKS at Amazon

Egypt: Children's Fiction / Novels

THE EGYPT GAME Reading level: Ages 7 - 10 / 9 - 12 years by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Yearling Books, 1996)

April and her friend Melanie - apparantly wildly different characters living in a Califormian university town discover the Professor's deserted yard - little more than a wasteland by the local 'antique' shop - they decide to re-create ancient Egypt, complete with statuary and hieroglyphics - but has the elaborate fantasy game gone too far when they decide to perform the rites and rituals? Other children are drawn in - and things get dangerous.

also see: "The Egypt Game - Teacher Guide" and "The Egypt Game: A Study Guide"

SEBA THE SCRIBE: A STORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT by Anne F. Rockwell

Theoretically published in May 2010, but listed as 'Currently unavailable'.

GREAT QUEENS: CLEOPATRA (Leveled Biographies, Atomic: Grade 3) by Jane Bingham (Heinemann / Raintree, Library Binding, 2008)

Leveled, high-interest nonfiction to motivate reluctant and less able readers.

Where did Cleopatra meet Julius Caesar? How did Cleopatra die? Ages 8+ will engage this biography of Cleopatra, which uses pictures, maps, sidebars, and engaging text to make each person's story come alive. Interesting anecdotes and legends are included, but isn't bogged down with minutiae such as specific names of relatives, the languages she spoke.

Atomic books relate the text directly and simply to the pictures. Facts, statistics, and processes are presented graphically to help build curriculum and comprehension skills. Each book is designed as a fun, exciting page-turner so that readers are encouraged to keep reading and gain fluency. The Atomic series provides four reading levels: eight titles at each reading level, each with a different text type - discussion, report, explanation, or recount.

Other Atomic leveled biographies are Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Irwin at grade 3, and Catherine the Great, Charles Darwin, Cleopatra, Dian Fossey, Elizabeth I, Guglielmo Marconi, Joseph Banks, Louis Pasteur, Marie Antoinette, Rosalind Franklin.

more Atomic Books
Also see:
CLEOPATRA (LEVELED BIOGRAPHIES, GRADE 3)

LEVELED BIOGRAPHIES at Amazon

CLEOPATRA'S COIN (Stories Of Great People) by Gerry Bailey and Karen Foster, Illustrated by Leighton Noyes

Recent fiction for grades 3-4 includes:

THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN CROCODILE: AN EGYPTIAN MAZE ADVENTURE (Explorers Club) by Judith Rossell CLEOPATRA AND THE KING'S ENEMIES: YOUNG PRINCESSES AROUND THE WORLD (Ready-To-Read: Level 3) by Joan Holub and Nonna

EGYPT: LEVEL 3 READERS at Amazon
EGYPT READERS at Amazon

Mighty Egyptians - Know-It-All Guides MIGHTY EGYPTIANS (KNOW-IT-ALL GUIDES) by Nigel Crowle (Puffin, 2007)

"Can you find the fib?" In each chapter an entirely fictional story is hidden amongst the facts - it's up to you to spot it. Answers at the end.

STORIES FROM ANCIENT EGYPT: EGYPTIAN MYTHS AND LEGENDS FOR CHILDREN

PICTURE STORY BOOKS

THE WELL OF TRUTH: A FOLKTALE FROM EGYPT (Story Cove: a World of Stories) THE WELL OF TRUTH: A FOLKTALE FROM EGYPT (Story Cove: a World of Stories) as told by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tom Wrenn (August House Publishers, Story Cove)

A picture book retelling of an Egyptian folktale. When Goat, Rooster, and Donkey start farming together, Donkey discovers that he doesn't like sharing. But he learns his lesson at the Well of Truth. One of the Story Cove series, which tells tales from a variety of cultures to inspire children with simple, universal lessons and values.
Story Cove: a World of Stories (inc. Library editions)   |   Story Cove audiobooks

THE GOLDEN FLOWER: A STORY FROM EGYPT (Legends of the World Series) by Janet Palazzo-Craig and Charles Reasoner (Paperback - Mar 1997)

STORIES FROM ANCIENT EGYPT- AUDIOBOOK (Audio Cassette) by David Angus, Janet Suzmann, and Janet Suzman

Classic Children's Stories.

Stories from Ancient Egypt is also available as a Gift Box Edition

(also see: Children's Stories from Africa )

WONDER TALES (World Storytelling)
by Heather Forest (August House)

Also see:
Tales from Egypt and the Arab World Series

Egypt Stories

FOR TEACHERS

A WORLD OF DISPLAY: CREATIVITY IN LITERACY (Belair, 2008) by Ceri Shahrokhshahi

ANCIENT EYGPT is one of 17 themes featured in Creativity in Literacy - new from classroom display experts who write the World of Display series.

Belair's great resources are popular with busy literacy coordinators working in primary schools to improve creativity and cross-curricular planning. 'Creativity In Literacy' helps teachers create a flexible stucture quickly and easily, incorporating their own ideas as required, finding natural links between literacy, numeracy, science and other areas to give children across the primary age range a more colourful, dynamic and creative learning opportunity.

Each theme uses a range of texts and is designed as a complete topic - which may be spread across several literacy lessons or extended into other curriculum areas with fun, practical activities. Literacy work combines popular fiction and non-fiction texts with speaking, listening, reading and writing activities designed to fit the revised primary literacy framework. Supplementary activities relate to Maths, History, Art, Design & Technology, Dance, Science and PSHE.

Display ideas for given in each theme emphasise using basic materials, simple techniques and a cross-curricular approach.

It's time to make a wearable Pharaoh's head dress . . .

100 NEW LITERACY FRAMEWORK LESSONS FOR YEAR 3 WITH CD-ROM 100 NEW LITERACY FRAMEWORK LESSONS for Year 3 - with CD-ROM by Gillian Howell and Jon Mitchelly (2007)

A WORLD OF DISPLAY: CREATIVITY IN LITERACY (Belair, Jan 2008)
by Ceri Shahrokhshahi

Ancient Eygpt is one of 17 themes featured in Creativity in Literacy - new from classroom display experts who write the World of Display series.

Belair's great resources are popular with busy literacy coordinators working in primary schools to improve creativity and cross-curricular planning. 'Creativity In Literacy' helps teachers create a flexible stucture quickly and easily, incorporating their own ideas as required, finding natural links between literacy, numeracy, science and other areas to give children across the primary age range a more colourful, dynamic and creative learning opportunity.

Each theme uses a range of texts and is designed as a complete topic - which may be spread across several literacy lessons or extended into other curriculum areas with fun, practical activities. Literacy work combines popular fiction and non-fiction texts with speaking, listening, reading and writing activities designed to fit the revised primary literacy framework. Supplementary activities relate to Maths, History, Art, Design & Technology, Dance, Science and PSHE.

Display ideas for given in each theme emphasise using basic materials, simple techniques and a cross-curricular approach.

It's time to make a wearable Pharaoh's head dress . . .

EXTRA FEATURE: TEACHING LITERACY IN A MULTI LINGUAL ENVIRONMENT

Classroom Interactions In Literacy CLASSROOM INTERACTIONS IN LITERACY by Eve Bearne, Henrietta Dombey, Teresa Grainger (Open University Press)

A fascinating study of teaching literacy in multi-lingual environments. Various examples of Arabic-speaking children are included, as well as Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Gujarati and others.

In the chapter 'An interactive pedagogy for bilingual children', we discover how a bilingual environment was created in one nursery, with the help of Mohammed, who enjoyed listening to an Arabic alphabet audio tape at home and is encouraged to share it with the class. His own Arabic alphabet poster was displayed alongside an English poster, with a cassette player which allowed the children to choose for themsleves whether to listen to the Arabic alphabet song or the English one. Thus the tapes and posters became part of the nursery's investigation of how graphic symbols relate to meaning - an early building block for literacy, with some interesting results.

Ther's an interesting comment: "The interest of his teachers and classmates legitimized Mohammed's Arabic learning, which would otherwise have coourred at the margins of officially recognised education rather than in the mainstream . . ."

An interesting approach to teaching literacy.

EGYPT: DRAMA

EGYPT: PLAYS FOR THE CLASSROOM

Ancient Egypt: 5 Short Plays For The Classroom ANCIENT EGYPT: 5 SHORT PLAYS FOR THE CLASSROOM (Read-Aloud Plays) by John Rearick (Scholastic Professional Books)

Five humorous, photocopiable read-aloud plays based on folk tales, myths, and history, including:

  • The Tomb Thief
  • The Story of Isis and Osiris
  • Helen of Egypt
  • A Different sort of Pharaoh (Hapshepsut)
  • The Shipwrecked Sailor

Key concepts such as pyramids, pharaohs, gods and the Nile are introduced, with background information.

Creative extension activities, discussion questions and writing prompts are included, making this a great way to jump start or wrap up your ancient Egypt unit.

THE LIBRARIAN WHO MEASURED THE EARTH featured in: STORY DRAMAS FOR GRADES 4-6 by Gretchen Courtney and Sarah Jossart

Story Dramas For Grades 4-6 includes a story drama version of the picture book The Librarian Who Measured The Earth (reviewed in our maths section). Suggestions for costumes and for maths follow up activities are provided.

The cross curricular links between Literacy and Maths are obvious, but the plays are also useful for explaining how research works, and would be a useful introduction to the concept of researching any topic.
(Bear in mind that any websites suggested for kick-starting students research date from 1999.)

READ-ALOUD PLAYS: EVERYDAY LIFE IN ANCIENT WORLD CIVILIZATIONS (Read-Aloud Plays) by Alexandra Hanson-Harding (Teaching Resources)

READ-ALOUD PLAYS at Amazon

EGYPT: PLAYS / DRAMA at Amazon .

READ ALOUD PLAYS at Amazon .

EGYPT: DRAMA FOR SPECIALISTS

PERFORMANCE AND DRAMA IN ANCIENT EGYPT (Duckworth Egyptology Series) by Robyn Gillam (Duckworth, paperback)

An historically-based survey of the archaeological and textual evidence of performance-based activities in Egypt from the beginning of the historic period until the later Roman Empire, related to other cultural and historical developments

Starting with enactments of performance texts from the Graeco-Roman period done by the author's students, Gillam goes on to examine the current fascination with 're-enactments' - both on archaeological sites and in the media, and considers issues that have been raised in the emerging field of performance archaeology.

MODERN ARABIC DRAMA IN EGYPT by M. M. Badawi (Cambridge University Press)

A critical survey of modern Egyptian drama from the work of Tawfiq al-Hakim in the 1930s to the present day.



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