John Hobson
World History
Material Type:
Upper Primary
Egypt, Inquiry, Mini-grant, Virginia Inquiry Collaborative
Creative Commons Attribution
Media Formats:
Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

Education Standards

Ancient Egypt Inquiry

Ancient Egypt Inquiry


This inquiry focuses on the impact of the flooding of the Nile River on ancient Egypt, specifically the costs and benefits of the flooding. Through examination and analysis of various photographs, videos, and article excerpts, students will consider how these sources can be used to convey the impact of flooding on multiple groups of people in ancient Egypt.

The questions, tasks, and sources in this inquiry asks students to learn about how Egyptian civilization grew by comparing the costs and benefits of the Nile River’s flooding. This inquiry highlights the following Virginia social studies standards.

Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs from Flooding the Nile River?

In June of 2020, approximately  80 teachers partnered with experts from museums, historic sites, and academic institutions to begin designing inquiries with the expressed purpose of creating a more anti racist, anti biased, and culturally responsive curricula.    These inquiries were designed using the Inquiry Design Model (IDM), a distinctive approach to creating curriculum and instructional materials that honors teachers’ knowledge and expertise, avoids over prescription, and focuses on the main elements of the instructional design process as envisioned in the Inquiry Arc of the C3 Framework. Unique to the IDM is the Blueprint, a one-page representation of the compelling and supporting questions, tasks, and sources that define a curricular inquiry.