Expedition (Word document)
part of a curricular unit on ancient Egypt, students
use the Internet, text resources, and word-processing
skills to develop a research presentation on specified
topics and a bibliography. Additional Students
scan relevant text photos for insertion in their
Social Studies, Language Arts
Students will learn about ancient Egypt
Students will learn how to develop bibliographic
will research topics using multiple resources
and different forms of media
will practice/hone oral presentation skills
The Internet is utilized to
in honing skills in identifying valid resources
students what is required in bibliographic development
correct bibliographic references - assist students
in location of accurate photos relating to the
A computer with Internet access is required. Ideally,
students would learn to use scanners as part of
this assignment and scan relevant photos from
text covered over the course of the unit. It would
also be ideal to video students as they present
their research as "Egyptian experts"
and convert the video to CDs that can be sent
home to parents.
NYS Social Standards: Students use a variety of
intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding
of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and
turning points in world history; their understanding
of the geography of the interdependent world in
which they live; and their understanding of how
the U.S. and other societies develop economic
systems and establish governments. NYS English
Language Arts Standards: Students listen, speak,
read, and write for information and understanding,
critical analysis and evaluation, and social interaction
- Students read and listen to oral, written, and
electronically produced texts and performances
from literature; relate texts and performances
to their own lives; and develop an understanding
of the diverse social, historical, and cultural
dimensions the texts and performance represent.
Please refer to rubric for specifics. In addition,
students are expected to maintain a deliverable
due date organizer.
The students are a heterogeneous population of
mixed ability. Groups were identified simply for
research topic organization and movement through
topics. No special skills are required, although
familiarity with the Internet, text usage, and
notetaking is a plus.
Students are requested to bring in index cards
at the onset of the unit. The Egyptian Expedition
packet is distributed at the onset of the unit.
The packet is downloadable through the teacher’s
web site for students who misplace their copy.
A Schoolnotes link (free!) is used to set up hyperlinks
for appropriate web sites for research. A link
to Noodletools for bibliographic reference development
is also included. Brainpop offers a short but
comprehensive bibliographic development presentation.
While this unit relates to ancient Egypt, it can
be adapted for any grade level or topic. It contributes
to student learning on a multitude of levels:
Students learn bibliographic skills and hone word
processing, research, note-taking, and oral presentation
skills. If a camera is utilized, students work
on videotaping and editing skills.
Pettersen is an award-winning sixth grade
Social Studies teacher and eighth grade
Research Strategies teacher at South Side
Middle School, located in Rockville Centre,
New York. As a former programmer, she has
consistently integrated the use of technology
in many curricular aspects of her classes.
She is active in New York State Teacher
Centers and has designed, taught and evaluated
online activities in education.