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World History Encyclopedia

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We provide quality resources for teachers and homeschoolers on Ancient and Medieval History, our domain of expertise. Here you will always find lesson plans for your students, together with plenty of engaging activities and supporting material. Make sure to check out our collections where we gather, on a specific theme, articles (over 50 are audio), definitions, images (sometimes 3D), videos, maps from our website to help with class preparation and to make connections. Make history relevant!

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We provide quality resources for teachers and homeschoolers on Ancient and Medieval History, our domain of expertise. Here you will always find lesson plans for your students, together with plenty of engaging activities and supporting material. Make sure to check out our collections where we gather, on a specific theme, articles (over 50 are audio), definitions, images (sometimes 3D), videos, maps from our website to help with class preparation and to make connections. Make history relevant!
The Viking Age
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The Viking Age

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A lesson plan to present your students with everything they need to know about the Viking Age in general (includes STEM activities!): important characters warfare ships women food runes It includes many links towards reliables resources for : articles, audio articles several great videos 3D objects fantastic very detailed STEM activities from the Royal Society of Chemistry Enjoy your teaching!
Shinto an Introduction
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Shinto an Introduction

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**Discover Shinto through its beliefs, values and rituals ** - 25 pages of lesson plan, activities, homework and assignments, keys and marking grids. All you need to teach on that subject: included and ready to print in this resource! Objectives ● Discover a new religion and its gods: Shinto. ● Engage pupils to reflect on their community and own values. Why do we do what we do in our everyday lives? ● Raise awareness in the classroom about values and accountability. ● Engage pupils into talking about their feelings and how to handle them. ● Practice pupils’ analytical and oral presentation skills. Content - 25 pages ● Detailed course plan divided into two units of about 60 to 90 minutes each. Each unit has sub-units which you can teach separately as well, to fit your schedule better. ● Varied resources, and ready-to-print activities. ● The Microsoft Word format allows you to adapt the course content and worksheet to the specific needs of your pupil. ● Homework in lieu of assessments; however, you’re free to use them or any other worksheets as and when you see fit. Table of Contents Unit 1: Shinto, a religion with a twist Introduction Video and Questions Mime game Homework/Assignment Unit 2: Amaterasu and Susanoo Homework Review Collecting & Summarising data Homework/Assignment Supporting material Worksheet 1 Discovering Shinto Worksheet 1 - KEYS Discovering Shinto Worksheet 2 Charade game Worksheet 3 Shinto shrine complex Worksheet 4 A special person… Worksheet 5 Relationships: collecting data Worksheet 6 Amaterasu and Susanoo Worksheet 7 Presentation Marking grid - Oral presentation Note: Cover image first published on Flickr. Original image by Oriolus. Uploaded by Mark Cartwright, published on 02 April 2017 under the following license: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs. This licence only allows others to download this content and share it with others as long as the author is credited, but they can’t change the content in any way or use it commercially. Please note that content linked from this page may have different licensing terms.
Norse Mythology
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Norse Mythology

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Teaching ideas for your classroom: Start your class with a sound extract of Beowulf performed in old English or a Led Zeppelin song including Tho! To go with it, plenty of wonderful articles (many of them audio articles), videos, and pictures on: Odin Freyja Thor Loki Freyr Edda Beowulf Don’t forget to check out the videos and web links on this collection, they are great addition to engage your students!
Shinto: The Power of Rituals and Beliefs.
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Shinto: The Power of Rituals and Beliefs.

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**Ancient Japan - Discovering Shinto: The power of rituals and beliefs. ** - 27 pages of lesson plan and engaging activities. All you need to teach on that subject included in this resource and ready to print! Objectives ● Discover a new religion: Shinto. ● Raise awareness in the classroom about personal values. ● Engage pupils to reflect on their community and their own beliefs and rituals: Where do they come from? Are they important? Do they evolve with time? ● Engage pupils into talking about religions. ● Practice pupils’ analytical and oral presentation skills. Content - 27 pages ● Detailed course plan divided into two units, each of which has sub-units teachable separately to fit your schedule. ● Varied resources, and ready-to-print activities. ● The Microsoft Word format allows you to adapt the course content and worksheet to the specific needs of your pupils. ● Homework in lieu of assessments; however, you’re free to use them or any other worksheets as and when you see fit. ● Marking grids for teachers, skill sheets for the pupils. Table of Content Unit 1: Are some beliefs universal? Background Collecting data Discovering Shinto Critical brainstorming Homework/Assignment Unit 2: A religion based on rituals Background Homework Review Understanding key notions Analysing a text Homework/Assignment Supporting material Worksheet 1 Your values Worksheet 2 Key Concepts in Shinto Key Concepts in Shinto Worksheet 3 Values versus beliefs - Essay Tips to write a good essay Marking grid - Essay Worksheet 4 Rituals versus beliefs Worksheet 5 No prophet, no holy texts? Worksheet 6 Presentation: Your own values, beliefs and rituals… over time. Marking grid- Oral presentation Note: Cover image by James Blake Wiener. Uploaded by James Blake Wiener, published onwww.ancient.eu on 20 April 2017 under the following license: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon this content non-commercially, as long as they credit the author and license their new creations under the identical terms. Please note that content linked from this page may have different licensing terms.
Plagues in History
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Plagues in History

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Lesson plan, worksheets and keys, discussion leads and (optional) project: this activity has been designed to fit a 30-45-minute slot for your class. It can be used by any teacher and educator and is suitable for on-line teaching. We hope it will help your students grasp the seriousness of the current Covid-19/Coronavirus situation and better understand their civic responsibilities in response to it. For more literature on plagues in history, check our collection on the subject: https://www.ancient.eu/collection/68/plagues-in-history/ We wish you all the best in these challenging times. Take care and be safe!
Geography, Economy, and Trade in Ancient Egypt
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Geography, Economy, and Trade in Ancient Egypt

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We have prepared three lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format. Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format. Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays. Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive. list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.). Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay. Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids. Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Gift of the Nile Barter, Beer, and Bread Nile, Red Sea, and Mediterranean Trade We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Government in Ancient Egypt
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Government in Ancient Egypt

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We have prepared five lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format. Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format. Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays. Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive. list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.). Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay. Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids. Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Old Kingdom - Kings & Pyramids Middle Kingdom - The Classical Age New Kingdom - Pharaohs & Empire The Hyksos, & the Amarna Period Famous Female Pharaohs We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Religion in Ancient Egypt
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Religion in Ancient Egypt

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We have prepared three lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format. Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format. Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays. Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.). Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay. Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids. Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Balance & Harmony Egyptian Gods & Mythology Egyptian Religion & Worship We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Egyptian Pyramids, Hieroglyphics, and Art
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Egyptian Pyramids, Hieroglyphics, and Art

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We have prepared three lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format. Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format. Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays. Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.). Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay. Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids. Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Egyptian Pyramids & the Sphinx Egyptian Art & Symbols Egyptian Hieroglyphs & the Rosetta Stone We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Roman Economy and Trade
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Roman Economy and Trade

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3 complete lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. Check out our other resources on Ancient Rome on our shop and let us know what you think! You will find plenty of material on the following topics: Fall of Rome Rome’s Legacy Daily Life in Ancient Rome Government and society in Ancient Rome Warfare and battles Innovations and architecture Religion We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching material, please contact us. Cover image from Ancient History Magazine / Karwansaray Publishers, used with permission.
Ancient Roman Religion
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Ancient Roman Religion

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3 lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. Check out our other resources on Ancient Rome: Fall of Rome Rome’s Legacy Government and Society Warfare and Battles Innovations and Architecture Economy and Trade Daily life We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers, please contact us. Cover illustration copyright by Mohawk Games, used with permission.
Warfare and Battles in Ancient Greece
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Warfare and Battles in Ancient Greece

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Four lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Greek Forces The Persian Wars The Peloponnesian Wars Alexander’s Macedonian Empire We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Arts & Culture in Ancient Greece
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Arts & Culture in Ancient Greece

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Four lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic, too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Greek Drama Greek Architecture Greek Philosophy Greek Art We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Economy & Trade in Ancient Greece
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Economy & Trade in Ancient Greece

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Five lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Greeks and the Sea Development of Greek Coinage Greek Pottery and the Amphora Olive Oil and Wine Colonization and Colonies We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us. Cover illustration copyright by Karwansaray Publishers, used with permission.
Daily Life & Religion in Ancient Greece
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Daily Life & Religion in Ancient Greece

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Five lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Daily Life Greek Religion Greek Mythology and the Twelve Olympian Gods Five Defining Athenians Myth and Legend Trivia We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Government in Ancient Greece
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Government in Ancient Greece

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Five lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic, too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: The Minoans The Mycenaeans The Spartans Athenian Democracy The Polis, Tyranny, and Ostracism We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us. Cover image illustration copyright by Mohawk Games, used with permission.
The Hellenistic Period
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The Hellenistic Period

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One lesson plan including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys. Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes the following topic: The Hellenistic Period We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.
Halloween - Gruesome Creatures, Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Times
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Halloween - Gruesome Creatures, Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Times

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Here is a little game to introduce Halloween into your social studies class without going off-topic! Instructions and lesson plan included. Instructions • Print the PDF • Cut out each of the 8 cards • Cut out the parts of the cards that you want to be matched. For example, you could cut out the description and leave the title and picture together • Mix the cards and have the students match the illustration and its definition for each card in small groups This game will allow your students to discover some of the most fearsome creatures, gods and goddesses from ancient times! Do check out our two other collections about ancient ghosts and unsolved ancient mysteries… you’ll find plenty of articles, images, videos and suggested lesson plans and tips!   Happy Halloween!
Ancient Roman Innovations and Architecture
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Ancient Roman Innovations and Architecture

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Two lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework and keys as well as: Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations and essays Recommended resources to provide you and your students a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.) Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. Check out our other resources on Ancient Rome on our shop and let us know what you think! you will find plenty of material on the following topics: Fall of Rome Rome’s Legacy Daily Life in Ancient Rome Government and society in Ancient Rome Warfare and battles Economy and trade Religion We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching material, please contact us.
Daily Life & Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
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Daily Life & Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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We have prepared three lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format. Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format. Open questions adaptable for debates, presentations, and essays. Recommended resources to provide you and your students with a comprehensive list of trustworthy references on the topic (includes all media types: videos, texts, primary resources, maps, podcasts, 3D models, etc.). Tools to give your students such as tips to write a great essay. Tools to make your life easier, such as marking grids. Make sure to check out our games and quizzes on this topic too! All our education material is varied and built to develop middle and high-school students’ skills to succeed in social studies. You will also find several alternatives in the lesson plans to allow for differentiation and adaptation to your students’ level of ability. This pack includes all of the following topics: Home & Leisure Social Classes & Women Burial & the Egyptian Afterlife We are a non-profit organization and it is one of our goals to provide quality material to teachers by building engaging courses and finding reliable sources. If you want to join our team of volunteers and help us create great teaching resources, please contact us.