Many middle school students find ancient Egyptian mummies fascinating, and they often like animal mummies. Students will learn about Egyptian animal mummies in this original text. This brief article includes information about why animal mummies were made in ancient Egypt and how they were created. Students will learn that many mummies were pets and were buried with their owners, but some mummies were sacred animals that lived at temples. However, the ancient Egyptians also made fake mummies to be buried at temples and to sell them to tourists!
Instead of just reading this article, it can be read as a cloze text. This is an interactive way to make reading fun. The student version of the article has several blank spots throughout the text. As the teacher reads the article to the class, the students will take their best guesses and fill in the blanks. Next, the class will read the article and the students will share what they believe was omitted. Finally, the class will read the article again with the correct missing words in place. This helps students re-read the text to improve comprehension without getting bored because it feels more like a game.
This downloadable zip file includes two PDF files. The cloze reading is one page long, but it is formatted to be copied and cut in half to help save paper. The answer key is the same length. The lesson plan is also a PDF file.
This reading activity is great to use as a supplement to any Egyptology unit, but it works great with the Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies Art Project