In this unique mini-unit, the students will learn about the theatre of early Egyptians, merging drama with social studies and listening standards. Ancient Greece is usually taught to be the starting place of theatre, but theatre actually evolved in earlier times. The early Egyptians had a rich theatre culture which is often overlooked. This mini-unit allows students a look at this fascinating time. (The PowerPoint also includes a slide of research references if more in-depth study is wanted.)
Students will view a slideshow presentation, and complete a crossword and Venn Diagram, as well as work with a group to create and perform an improvisational reenactment of the most famous ancient Egyptian passion play about the God Osiris and Goddess Isis.
It is appropriate to use in upper elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as drama groups. Depending on the teacher's goal, this unit can be used as a quick introduction to the evolution of theatre, an interesting highlight in a more traditional study of Egypt, or as part of an in-depth study of theatre history.
Although this mini-unit can stand very well on its own, it is the third part of the series about the history of theatre. The presentations "Why Theatre?" and "Theatre of Early Man", are available at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kateri-Davis.
Length of Mini-Unit:
Approximately 2 to 3 lessons of 40-55 minutes long, depending on class size and depth of instruction.
"Ancient Egyptian Theatre" PowerPoint (Finalized PPT & PDF formats) - 20 slides
"Ancient Egyptian Theatre" Presentation Notes (PDF) - 8 pages
"Theatre of Ancient Egypt" (PDF) Student Informational Handout - 1 page
"The Tale of Osiris and Isis" (PDF) Read Aloud Handout - 3 pages
"Theatre of Ancient Egypt" (PDF) Student Crossword Puzzle - 1 page
"Theatre of Ancient Egypt" (PDF) Student Crossword Puzzle with Word Bank - 1 page
"Theatre of Ancient Egypt" (PDF) Student Crossword Puzzle Answers - 1 page
"Theatre of Ancient Egypt - Venn Diagram" Handout (PDF) - 1 page
Although theatre information is rarely taught, the study of the Egyptian culture is typically part of the 6th grade curriculum so older students often have some prior knowledge about Egypt from which to draw, while younger students will get an excellent introduction.
Created by Kateri J. Davis, Birdhouse Publications 2017.