Ancient Egypt Source Analysis Medical Practices

Ancient Egyptian Medical Practices

Ancient Egypt is known for its rich history and advanced civilisation. One aspect of this civilisation that is often overlooked is their medical practices. The Ancient Egyptians were skilled in medicine and used a variety of treatments to heal their patients. In this lesson plan, we will focus on the use of poetry as a primary source for understanding ancient Egyptian medical practices.

Students will learn about the importance of using primary sources in historical research and how to analyse them critically. They will then be introduced to several poems that are believed to have been used as medical texts in ancient Egypt. These poems describe various ailments and their treatments, and often mention the goddesses Serket and Bes, who were associated with healing.

This lesson will not only provide students with an understanding of ancient Egyptian medical practices, but it will also help them develop important critical thinking and analytical skills. By analysing primary sources, they will learn how to read and interpret historical texts, and by writing their own essays, they will learn how to use primary sources to support their own arguments. Overall, this lesson will provide students with a deeper understanding of ancient Egyptian civilisation and its contributions to the field of medicine.

This is a great lesson for younger students who are learning how historians use primary sources in their work.

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Description:Student activities include critical thinking and written exercises.
Estimated lessons:1-2.
Ages11-14 years.
Format Word Document.

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