Egypt Case Study Assignment

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For this assignment, you will use all of the skills you’ve learned about paragraph-writing.

  • making a clear argument and wording it concisely in the TS
  • supporting the TS with three detailed, precise and specific examples
  • explaining directly how each example supports the TS
  • incorporating an HTC that deepens the argument
  • re-wording the argument clearly in the CS
  • using grammar, spelling and formal academic style effectively
We want a balanced see saw

You don’t have to use any sources other than the ones we’ve used in class. Therefore, you should have all the notes you need. However, you may want to highlight or gather key evidence to use in your paragraph.

Once you have an idea of the evidence you’ll want to use, put it all together and figure out what your main argument will be. Then you’ll be able to write your TS.

TS Formula

  • TS = main argument + sub-topics described

Decide which of the following is an effective main argument and if the bullet points that follow it could be useful sub-topics to support it:

  1. Egypt was a very rich and fancy civilization.
  • It had a lot of resources
  • It had monumental art
  • It had rulers who tried to do a good job

2. The afterlife was the central focus of Egyptian life.

  • The ritual of tomb-building was begun early on for those who could afford it.
  • People tried to live according to ma’at
  • People followed spells and used amulets

3. Egyptian art was usually quite conservative.

  • Artists almost always followed long-hold customary practices
  • There was never any change from one kingdom or dynasty to the next
  • Akhenaton broke the mold

Now that you’ve chosen, it’s time to figure out how to incorporate the sub-topics into the topic sentence.

For #2, we can turn each bullet point into a sub-topic that supports the main argument. First, we’ll make sure we like the wording of the main argument itself. Second, we’ll add linking words to connect the main argument to the sub-topics. Next, we’ll have to make each sub-topic a bit more concise. That’s why word choice (especially adjectives and adverbs) is so important. Then, we’ll even have to decide if we like that order of sub-topics.

1. The afterlife was the central and continuing focus of Egyptian life as shown through

I like it: takes a position on a topic and is concise. Note, I will add the words ‘and continuing‘ to incorporate my HTC.

2. People tried to live according to ma’at.

– It’s okay but I will reword it to flow better from “as shown through”: people trying to live according to ma’at

People followed spells and used amulets.

– It’s ok – just change wording a bit: follow spells and use amulets to get good luck in life and death

The ritual of tomb-building was begun early on for those who could afford it.

– It’s okay – a bit wordy. and build tombs as early as possible to be ready to have a positive after-death experience.

So, our final TS will read:

The afterlife was the central and continuing focus of Egyptian life as shown through people trying to live according to ma’at, follow spells and use amulets to get good luck in life and death, and build tombs as early as possible to be ready to have a positive after-death experience.

Examples

Once you know which three examples you’ll use, you have to make sure they meet the criteria for good quality:

  • detailed
  • specific
  • real-life

This means that you have to be a precise as possible. For example, if you’re writing about Akhenaton’s capital city, use its name (Amarna or Akhetaton). Don’t just call it his city. Or, if you’re discussing his wife, use her exact name, Nefertiti.

As much as possible, answer the “w and h” questions about each example. The reason we are so detailed is so that a reader who knows nothing about this topic can understand what you mean. Therefore, don’t assume Ms. G is your reader. She knows too much!

Arguments

To balance the see-saw, you need to have arguments that are as well explained as your examples are detailed. These are not summaries of what has already been said. These are explanations of how the example proves or supports the position you take in the topic sentence.

The arguments also contain your link to the HTC. In my example above, it makes sense to use continuity because the focus on the afterlife didn’t change throughout Egyptian history. Also, it ties to the concept of stability, which is directly linked to continuity. The afterlife definitely provided a stable influence on life in ancient Egypt.

Don’t forget to look at your HTC package for suggestions. There is also an HTC page listed under my grade 12 history course on the blog.

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