Time Travelling in Ancient Egypt Guided Reading Scripts or Readers Theater
This is the first of a *series of ‘Time Travels’ – based on guided reading scripts which were written as supplementary classroom resources to Class Plays or Assemblies.
Please note: This Time Travel Series only currently consists of the one product - on Ancient Egypt. I am really waiting to see if there is sufficient interest in this product in order to follow with the rest of the series.
A group of Time Travelers has been added along with a few 'tweaks' to the original script (still available along with accompanying quizzes under Guided Reading - Ancient Egyptians Guided Reading Play Scripts.)
Written in play format with 6 speakers to each of 5 ‘plays’ (Total number of speakers – 30)
Each play is around 5 minutes reading time and comes with a quiz at the end
Total time: around 35 – 40 minutes
Unit 10The Ancient Egyptians
Introduction to Ancient Egypt
Guide plus five other Time Travelers – Adam, Mary, Peter, Susan and Phillip
Guide: Well, what do you know? Here we are!
Adam: But where is here?
Guide: (Looking around) Why, here in Ancient Egypt of course!
Mary: Wow! Look at those pyramids!
Peter: There’s no mistaking where we are
Susan: Or when! Just look at the clothes they’re wearing?
Play 2 Farmer's Year Speakers: Farmer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 &6
Farmer 3: Though we did leave a lot behind for those archaeologists! Always digging things up and learning about how we lived.
Farmer 4: Pots and pans, jewellery, weapons, (pause) .. and loo seats! Yes, the first known toilet seat in the world was dug up in the ancient Egyptian city of Akhenaten in 1350 B.C. I don't suppose anyone was still sitting on it!
Play 3 Daily Life Speakers: Mother, Father, Daughter, Son, Teacher, Priest
Son: Yes, they weren't just amazing buildings, for us living persons to stand and admire.
Priest: No indeed. Far more importantly they were designed to send our pharaohs to join the gods in heaven.
Daughter: Wasn't that called the after-life?
Priest: Yes. A world free of low life.
Son: Are you talking about those tomb robbers again?
Priest: Yes. We tried to make things harder for them. And then someone thought of hidden tombs!
Play 4 The After-life Speakers: Chief Priest, Embalmer, Mummy, Anubis, Osiris, Ammut
Chief Priest: Ready to stuff?
Embalmer: Yup! With straw, linen and sweet smelling herbs! Add a little salt
Mummy (muttering): This one obviously thinks he's a celebrity chef!
Chief Priest: No! A little more than just a pinch of salt! This natron needs to cover the body if it's going to dry out over the next 40 days!
Play 5 The Gods Speakers: Amun, Nut, Thoth, Human, Hapi, Seth
Hapi (snorting) Hmph! Hapi by name but not always by nature! You make sure you lot, down there on earth, keep on the right side of me! You wouldn't want me to stop the Nile from flooding, now would you?
Human: Most definitely not! (aside) Phew! These gods are a sensitive lot. Better be a bit more careful what I say, in future!
*The Guided Reading Scripts are on:
• Stone Age to Iron Age Britain
• Ancient Egypt
• Ancient Greece (and Ancient Greek Myths)
• Ancient China
• Ancient Sumer
• The Maya Civilisation
• Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation
• Anglo Saxons
• Changes 1950s – 1990s
… to name but a few! These are all available as Guided Reading Scripts. As mentioned, this Time Traveller script on Ancient Egypt is the first of an intended series – the remaining scripts in the list will receive the same ‘Time Traveller treatment’ in due course.