Ancient Egypt and Kush

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THE CIVILIZATION
OF KUSH
Mr. Roe
6th Grade
Social Studies
REVIEW
You learned that Egypt was divided into three
periods: the Old, Middle, and New.
 You also learned that Egypt was very powerful
at times, and very weak at others. Eventually,
Egypt fell to more powerful armies who wielded
iron weapons.
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BIG IDEA (S)
To the south of Egypt, the Nubians
settled in farming villages and became
powerful warriors
The people of Kush devoted themselves
to ironworking and grew wealthy from
trade
AFTER THIS SECTION, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Discuss the way of life of the Nubians
 Identify the location of Kush
 Explain why Kush prospered
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BY THE END OF THIS SECTION, YOU WILL
SUBMIT:
Reading Notes
 Cornell Notes
 Venn Diagram: Napata and Meroe
 Research: Kushite King Taharqa
 Primary Resource Questions #1-8 (pgs. 192-193)
 Other Assigned Work (you will be told if there is
any)
*These assignments will be collected and graded on
Friday and put into your social studies portfolios
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ACADEMIC VOCABULARY
Savanna
 Collapse
 Decline
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PRE LESSON INDIVIDUAL WORK
Take out a piece of blank paper
 Draw this description:

“These grassy plains cover much of the region
south of the Sahara and provide excellent
pastureland for cattle”
You will share your drawing with the class
NUBIA
Nubia was a society further south of Egypt,
along the Nile (later called Kush)
 Excellent hunters and warriors

KINGDOM OF KERMA
Stronger villages took over weaker ones
 Formed the kingdom of Kerma
 Traded with Egyptians (Egyptians even hired
Nubian warriors)
 Kerma became a wealthy kingdom
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PARTNER CHECK: INFERENCE

Later historians, like the Greek historian
Herodotus, had difficulty distinguishing
between Egyptian and Kushite culture. Why do
you think so? What does this tell us about
these two cultures?
EGYPT INVADES NUBIA
Previously, Nubia was invaded by Egypt
 The Nubains adopted a lot of Egyptian culture

RISE OF KUSH
Kush broke away from Egypt when
Egypt became weak
 Rules from cit of Napata
 Napata was on a trade route (why
would this be beneficial?)
 Piye and Kashta went north to conquer
Egypt
 Kushite culture emulated (copied)
much of Egyptian culture
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KUSHITE PYRAMIDS
IMPORTANCE OF IRON
Assyrians invaded Egypt and drove Kushites out
 Kushites learned the secret of iron weapons
from the Assyrians
 Soon, Kushites were using iron tools (they
became more efficient farmers and warriors)
 Kushites began trading iron far away, and
brought back many new resources
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A NEW CAPITAL
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Kushites moved capital to Meroe to be out of
reach of the Assyrians (so did they move south
or north?)
City was built to look Egyptian
Center of trade for the region for hundreds of
years
PARTNER QUICK CHECK

Why is trade so important, and how did
geography, or where people decided to set up
their cities influence whether or not they
became wealthy and powerful?
COMPUTER LAB WORK
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You will research about the Kushite King Taharqa
Write down five facts about the king.
Then, you will ask a question about Kush. You will write
the question down, and then research to find the
answer to the question.
PRIMARY RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
Read the documents on pages 192-193
 Answer questions #1-8
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