King Tut and All That

King Tut and All That
Florence Harding: Economics, Discovery and Daily Life

Skill: Middle School
Time Required: Two or more class periods

Standards Compliance
NCSS Strand 1
NCSS Strand 2
Time, Continuity, and Change
NCSS Strand 3
People, Places, and Environments
NCSS Strand 6
Power, Authority, and Governance
NCSS Strand 8
Science, Technology, and Society
NCSS Strand 9
Global Connections
NCTE Standard 1
Students read fiction, nonfiction, classic, and contemporary works to acquire information for various purposes.
NCTE Standard 3
Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.
NCTE Standard 5
Students use a wide range of strategies and elements to write to communicate with different audiences and for purposes.
NCTE Standard 12
Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes.
ISTE Standard 5
Technology research tools


The discovery of the seemingly undisturbed tomb of King Tutankhamun (King Tut) in 1922 was a major archeological event.  The news dominated front pages of newspapers worldwide for days.  As newspaper people, Warren and Florence Harding would have followed the coverage carefully.


The purpose of this lesson is to acquaint students with the field of Egyptology, archeology, and to afford them the opportunity to create an artifact for posterity.    

Materials Required:

Access to the Internet; access to print reference materials; art supplies (color pencils, etc).


1.  The class is the newsroom of a major metropolitan newspaper in 1922.  News of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb has just come across the wires! 

2.  The task is to create a special edition that tells the story in words, maps, and pictures.  Topics to consider are the following; however, they are just a beginning:

  • The story of the discovery itself
  • Lord Carnarvon
  • Howard Carter
  • King Tut
  • Egypt
  • Pyramids
  • Egyptology
  • Maps of the area
  • Cartoon feature
  • Editorial (for and against such exploration)

Extending the Lesson:

The students might enjoy creating a storyboard for a “comic book” edition of the story.

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