Gifts of the Nile River
The Nile River runs through the middle of Egypt.
Most of the country is desert.
On each side of the river there is a strip of fertile land.
In ancient times the Nile flooded and spread rich, black silt over the land every year.
The main crops were wheat and barley for making bread and beer.
They could sail up and down the Nile trading goods they had made or grown.
The waters of the Nile were also used to water the land next to the river. This is called irrigation.
Their calendar was based on the annual rise and fall of the river.
The Nile also provided protection from enemies.
The ancient Egyptians started making paper from the papyrus plant.
STUDENTS: Based on what you know about the Nile River and the poem above,
do you think it would be a good idea to build a house close to the banks of the Nile River?
Introduce the topic.
State your opinion.
Give reasons and evidence to back your opinion.
Restate your opinion.
** Remember to put your name at the bottom of the comment.