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|Watersheds: Past and Present|
|Wednesday, 01 July 2009 14:27|
Students will make connections between their own town’s dependence (past and present) on a nearby river and the Ancient Egyptians’ dependence on the Nile.
1. Visit a nearby river or significant water feature. Begin with an introductory free writing activity:
“Visualize the Allegheny (or your local river). It may be a place where
you fish. It may be by the reservoir. It may be along a path where you
have walked. Imagine yourself there. What are you thinking? What
are you feeling? What do you see? What do you hear? What do you
smell? Why is the river important to you?”
2. Discuss the responses. Continue to discuss how people depend on watersheds using the following questions:
3. Have students work in cooperative groups to brainstorm ways that the Allegheny (your local river) is important (not only personally but culturally). Just like the Allegheny (your local river) is important to people for all of these different reasons, the Nile was important to the Ancient Egyptians.
5. Create a class “T” chart to illustrate the similarities and the differences between your own town’s dependence on a nearby river or water feature and the Egyptian’s dependence on the Nile.