History of Ancient Egypt

History of Ancient Egypt


About this course

Recommended Ages: 10-17

Start Date: Enrollments received on or before Monday will be given class access the following Tuesday. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 23 to complete the course. Upon enrollment, you will receive class access information on Tuesday. Final reports will be issued on August 24. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 23.

Price: $75

Space Available: 

Prerequisite: Ancient Civilizations Series 1 or an equivalent ancient civilizations class that covers the major ancient civilizations (Greece, Rome, and Egypt at minimum) are highly encouraged. Having background knowledge will help students succeed in this class.


After building the basic Ancient Civilizations class for students to build foundational knowledge of the ancient world, I wanted to provide more in-depth looks into some of the civilizations we discussed in that course. Ancient Egypt provides the first in-depth look into one of the civilizations covered in that class (Phoenicians: Ancient Seafarers of the Mediterranean covered a civilization outside what we discussed). This five week course dives into ancient Egyptian civilization, beginning with Egyptian prehistory and ending with Roman conquest. We will be learning about everything from mummification to Macedonians!

This is an academically advanced class, and not recommended for most children under 10 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). There is only 1 level for this course.

LESSON PLANS: This is a 6 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.

DISCUSSION:There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES: All quizzes, labs, and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.

TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).

Week 1 – Prehistoric Egypt

The first week of the class acts mostly as an introduction as we ease back into studying ancient civilizations. We will be discussing how Egypt and other civilizations developed around rivers and were able to thrive as a result. Then, we will look at the earliest people to move into the Nile River basin, the founders of one of the most significant civilizations in the history of the world.

Week 2 – Old Kingdom

Week 2 is dedicated to the earliest kingdom of ancient Egypt. Though it is the oldest kingdom period in ancient Egypt, it is far from unremarkable or obsolete. We will be learning about the creation of the pyramids, the religion and the Pharaohs, and the process of mummification. 

Week 3 – Middle Kingdom

While the Old Kingdom provided some of the most recognizable iconography in Egypt’s history, it was hardly the only significant time period. The section on the Middle Kingdom addresses some of the important leaders of the time, along with the art that was being produced. Finally, we will take a look at the common people living in Egypt and what their daily lives looked like.

Week 4 – The New Kingdom

The fourth week of the class moves on to the next Kingdom in our list. The lesson will be mostly based around the important rulers of the time and the decline of the ancient civilization. All is not lost though! Egypt still has one more period of major importance in the ancient world.

Week 5 – Hellenistic Egypt

After dominating the ancient Mediterranean world for thousands of years, Egypt faced a decline. The rich wheat fields of the Nile River became a prime target for new civilizations looking to carve out their place in the ancient world. First, the Greeks under Alexander the Great (a pharaoh in his own right) conquered the territory. This week focuses mostly on Egypt’s period under Hellenistic Greek rule. We finish out the semester with what is often considered the end of the ancient Egyptian civilization: conquest by the Romans.


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