We have been wrapping up our ancient river valley civilization unit and we discussed Egyptian society. On Wednesday I had the students use an iPad (my pilot group used their chromebook) to research 9 different groups in society: pharaoh, vizier, scribes, doctors, priests, craftpeople, farmers, nobles and soldiers. I told them to try to think about questions like: Who do they work for? Do they have people that work for them? What is their diet? What is their day like? I told them think about what their groups social status would be: low, middle or high.
The students then shared their ideas and each student was to write down what we discussed. At the end we discussed the Egyptian slave who is the lowest in Egyptian society.
At the end of their notes I asked them to draw a triangle and have them divide the triangle in three parts. I gave them 30 seconds to write down where they thought the members of society. I then cold called students to come to the board and put the society member in the appropriate spot.
This is what the end result was in one of our classes:
I really enjoyed how the students worked in small groups, shared their information with the other students and then put together their social pyramid.