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Unit 1: Ancient Africa - The Cradle of Civilation
(200,000 BC - 476 BC)

Unit 1: Class 10: Ancient Kemet (Egypt): The New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (1550 B.C. – 712 B.C.) Part 1


Study Questions!

Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, students 
will be able to:

  • Identify the contributions the New Kingdom made to world civilization.

  • Identify the main Pharaohs of the New Kingdom and their specific accomplishments.

  • Analyze primary source documents from the New Kingdom to glean insight into ancient Egyptian life and culture.

  • Discuss the evidence and theories relating to the collapse of the New Kingdom.

From New Kingdom Map

1. How far outside of Africa did the New Kingdom Dynasty extend?

From New Kingdom (1,550-1,070 B.C.) and Third Intermediate Period (1070-712 B.C.)

2. Name three of the 18th Dynasty’s Pharaohs.

3. Who was the founder of the 18th Dynasty?  What were some of his accomplishments?

4. Who was Hatshepsut?  What were some of her accomplishments?

5. Who was Queen Tiye? Who was her grandson?

6. Who was Akhenaten?  Who was his wife?  What religious practice did he change?

7. In historical terms, why is Tutankhamen significant? 

8. Who was Ramses II?  What are two facts about his reign?

9. Who was Ramses III?  Name two significant facts about his reign.
From EFLA Slideshow: Ancient Egypt: The New Kingdom, Part 1

10. What in particular did you find interesting about the New Kingdom slideshow?

Homework Assignment
Read/View the following:

Ancient Kemet (Egypt): The New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (20-30 min)

Valley of the Kings (10 min)

EFLA Slideshow:  Ancient Kemet (Egypt): The New Kingdom, Part 1 (10 min)

Supplemental Material:

Documentary:  Hatshepsut: The Queen Who Would Be King (47:08 min)

Karnak Obelisk Inscriptions of Hatshepsut's, UChicago Oriental Institute

Unit 1: Class 10: Ancient Kemet (Egypt): The New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period (1550 B.C. – 712 B.C.) Part 1

Suggested Vocabulary
Randomly ask students the definition of one of the following words. Then ask them to put the word in a sentence. This is a great exercise for the beginning or end of a class, or if you finish a class early.

insinuate - suggest or hint (something bad or reprehensible) in an indirect and unpleasant way.

sacred - connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.

initiate - cause (a process or action) to begin.

imperialism - a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force.

buffer - a person or thing that prevents incompatible or antagonistic people or things from coming into contact with or harming each other.

steward - manage or look after (another's property).

obelisk - a stone pillar, typically having a square or rectangular cross section and a pyramidal top, set up as a monument or landmark. Ex. Washington Monument is an obelisk.

progeny - a descendant or the descendants of a person, animal, or plant; offspring.

confidant - a person with whom one shares a secret or private matter, trusting them not to repeat it to others.

accession - the attainment or acquisition of a position of rank or power, typically that of monarch or president.

millennia - a period of a thousand years.

turbulent - characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not controlled or calm.

sarcophagus - a stone coffin, typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription and associated with the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Rome, and Greece.

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