Research Simulation Task for Ancient Egypt in the style of PARCC with a hint of AP Lit and Comp.
This is a lesson that usually takes me several days. I use 4 short texts in the form of 3 nonfiction articles as well as a poem inspired by Ancient Egyptian culture to introduce Ancient Egypt. This material has been organized to resemble the PARCC Research Simulation Task. They will present the students with 2-3 readings (I have given them 4), ask a series of multiple choice questions focusing on textual evidence (I made it harder with short answer questions) and then ask them to write an essay synthesizing at least three readings (sources) while making sure students develop their essays by providing textual evidence from both texts.
Included with this packet:
• A Prose Constructed Response Essay Prompt about the study of medical practices of ancient Egyptians and the relevance of that study to modern medicine. The response requires students to cite from sources provided to support an argument that supports the importance of historical study when dealing with modern scientific concerns.
• A rubric for the essay based on the AP Literature and Composition rubric.
The text of the following secondary/literary sources:
• “EGYPT: SECRETS OF THE LOST TOMB” By Michael D. Lemonick-originally appeared in Time.
• “Mummies: Back from the Dead. Archaeologists rediscover how to store dead bodies ancient Egyptian-style” By Morgen Peck
• “Death can tell us a lot about living,' mummy expert says” By Val Willingham- originally appeared on CNN Health
• “Ozymandias” a poem by British Romantic Poet Percy Shelley inspired by a crumbling stone effigy of Ramesses II.
• Close reading questions for each text that require students cite actual textual evidence for every answer they give. The questions are designed to focus readers on finding their answers in the text and be able to use the text to support any of those answers.
• Answer Key for all Close Reading Questions- some answers are subjective and you must use your judgment to decide whether or not the student has based their answer in the text or answered to your satisfaction.
I also have a graphic organizer for the Literary Analysis Task- Prose Constructed Response Essay available in my store. It can be used for the Research Simulation Task as well. Please take a look.