by Maria Emma,

A 6th Grade Social Studies WebQuest developed for the University of Phoenix Online as a prerequisite for Masters in Curriculum and Instruction



Ancient Egypt is full of mystery. Mystery surrounds its origins, its religion, and its architecture. The Egyptian pyramids are the most famous of the ancient monuments, the only remaining wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

The mighty Nile River, which flows north from the heart of Africa to the Mediterranean Sea, nourished the growth of the kingdom. The long, narrow flood plain was central for life, attracting people, animals, and plants to its banks. In pre-dynastic times, Nomadic hunters settled in the valley and began to grow crops to supplement their food supply. Seen as a gift from the gods, the annual flooding of the river deposited nutrient rich silt over the land, creating ideal conditions for growing wheat, flax, and other crops.

The Pharaohs, great Egyptian leaders, were seen as gods, divine representatives on earth who, through rituals, ensured the continuation of life. After death, they became immortal, joining the gods in the afterworld.

King Tutankhamen, an important Egyptian pharaoh during the eighteenth dynasty, was buried early due to a premature death at age eighteen. Despite the prominence he attained after the 1922 excavation of his burial site, little is known about this mysterious young king.

King Tut has been fascinating students and adults alike since the discovery of his tomb in 1922. Why has so much interest been generated about this unremarkable pharaoh? Could it be the fabulous gold and treasure discovered in his tomb? Or is it the mystery surrounding the boy king's early death? You and your renowned team have been hired by the Egyptian government to determine if King Tut was murdered.

  Solve the mystery.  Unlock the secrets of the tomb!

Your Journey Awaits!