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I am teaching ancient history to sixth graders for the first time. I am used to using historical fiction in teaching historic periods. I am searching for good books to use as read alouds in the areas of Mesopotamia, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India. Any reommendations?

Aug 8, 2015 9:40am

Historical Fiction for Mesopotamia, Ancient China, India, and Egypt

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    • Aug 8, 2015 11:03am

      I taught 5th grade using the 6th grade History Alive! curriculum (all except ancient China) and also had a hard time finding resources, especially for India and Mesopotamia. My kiddos liked reading books that had information related to what we were learning in social studies. Their favorites for Egypt were: The Egypt Game, Tomb quest, and The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles series). For Mesopotamia they liked reading about Hammurabi's code. But I would watch some of them they can be inappropriate for 11 year olds. There are some good videos on YouTube that give great background info at a kids level. There are some Webquests out there too but you have to verify the links to some before you let the kids loose on them some links are broken. Also if you subscribe as a teacher to Epic books, there are a lot of online books related to the subject. Let me know if you need any other resources.

      • Aug 14, 2015 3:18pm

        I am new to site. Don't know if this will help- not books, but a project my 6th graders loved!
        The students paired up to mummify small chickens/game hen, placed them in their student-made sarcophagus, then buried them. Some kids dug them up after a few months to see if the process worked. My former students (20 years ago) still talk about that lesson.

        • Aug 15, 2015 12:49pm

          We also read The Egypt Game with the mummification.

          • Aug 18, 2015 7:24pm

            Thank you ladies!!! I actually bought some great "picture books" about the Epic of Gilgamesh. A trilogy actually. I love the pillar idea! Thank you!

            My counterpart on the other team is mummifying a chicken. I don't think I can bring myself to do it. Years ago another teacher did that and it didn't go well - pew!
            I'm going to go with mummifying an orange and using a cool website where they get to do the process using animation. Not too graphic, but still a bit gross! They love that! I love the idea of them digging them back up though. I'll pass that along to the other teacher!
            I read The Egypt Game, but didn't think it had enough about Egypt, although it was a good book. I think it might tie in with the mummification though, so I'll think about that again!

            Mary, I'm looking at the book Homeless Bird for China. Although it is more modern, it will draw on lasting traditions, and it's a really good story.

            • Sep 12, 2015 10:29am

              The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw Age: 11 and up.

              Ranofer, an orphan in ancient Egypt, who desires nothing more than to follow in his father’s footsteps as a goldsmith, is forced into a life that he despises. A story of suspense and action in which Egyptian life from impoverished hovel to magnificent palace is dramatically portrayed.

              Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw Age 11 and up

              To gain her freedom, Mara, a slave, plays the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemies–each of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt. Exciting story of adventure, romance and intrigue in Ancient Egypt

              • Aug 8, 2015 2:15pm

                Thank you SO much Niki! I'll look into those novels immediately as well as the web sites!

                • Aug 14, 2015 12:15pm

                  I am doing China and India for the first time this year in the 7th grade so any ideas I'll be looking for ideas about that too this year.

                  • Sep 12, 2015 10:47am

                    Hi Mary, Do you have any resources for the pillar idea you mentioned? That sounds like something I'd like to do. Thanks!!!

                    • Sep 12, 2015 10:48am

                      Kathleen, Thank you! I actually bought both those books!