King Tut: The Mummy lives!

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Chrissy Giouzelis, Kim Hornburg, Cornelia Mandoiu,

Codruta Marcu, Geneviève Savage, Lisa Watkins

B.Ed. TESL, Dept. of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

Secondary Cycle Two Year 3 (Secondary V) Enriched ESL


The mummy lives!

In 1922, archeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, who reigned in the 14th century BC. “King Tut”, as he is more commonly known, became an instant celebrity, and his celebrity continues today. In1979, an exhibition of ancient artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb toured the world. The King Tut exhibition is now on a second world tour, stopping in Toronto and attracting nearly a million visitors in that city alone.

Why does a person who lived over 3000 years ago continue to interest us? Is it because of his allure as a young “boy king”? Is it because of the mystery surrounding his death? Are we fascinated by the legend of the mummy’s curse? Or is it simply because of the wealth of antiquities discovered in his tomb?


Your mission will be to embark on a quest to answer these questions; you will disguise yourself as:

Along the way, you will have a passport as a record of the tasks completed. Click on the passport icon below to find your passport.

 To complete your passport, you’ll need to get a picture. Click on the image below to travel to a place where you can create your disguise for the mission. Before you go, click here to print out the instructions to follow when you get there.

Now it’s time to start the quest.

            Process:  leading to a Product that responds to the Task

While you complete your quest, you might encounter some words that you don’t know. Whenever you can’t guess the meaning from context, try clicking on the dictionary icon above to check a glossary of words.

TASK 1: Celebrity Boy King

TASK 2: CSI Cairo

TASK 3: The mummy’s curse: Truth or Fiction?

TASK 4: Looking at the Art


Conclusion: Evaluation - Final Task

Did you decide what is so fascinating about King Tut?

o    Is it because of his celebrity as a boy king?

o    Is it the mystery surrounding his death?

o    Is it because of the mummy’s curse?

o    Is it because of the beautiful art in his tomb?

Your final task: Based on what you’ve discovered and your own opinion, create an advertisement to attract even more visitors to the world tour of King Tut’s exhibition.  This ad should reflect your decision about what intrigues us about King Tut.  Please work on your ad with your King Tut group and hand it in to your teacher when you are finished.

Follow this writing process to create a poster to advertise the King Tut exhibition:


1.     Prepare.

Ø  Brainstorm (brainstorming page here).

o    What did you decide was the fascinating aspect of King Tut?

Ø  Plan your poster’s design.

o    How many pictures will it have?

o    What pictures will you include?

o    What colours will you include?

2.     Write.

Ø Imagine what information a potential visitor will need: Where is the exhibition?  When is it open?  What is so interesting about it?  What have previous visitors said about it (write 2 brief testimonials about how they enjoyed the exhibition, what they liked, etc.)

Ø Create the visual layout of your poster, incorporating text, images, and the logo of the place where the exhibition is held.

3.     Revise.

Ø  Look at your poster. What changes to the words or images would improve it?

Ø  Ask a friend or someone in your family to look at it and suggest improvements.

4.     Edit.

Ø  Look at your poster again, this time for mistakes in spelling or grammar.

Ø  Correct your mistakes and adjust your poster.

5.     Publish.

Ø  Hand in your poster to your teacher.

Ø  Show your ad to your friends and family.


Evaluation Criteria for the Final Task:


C2: Student reinvests understanding of texts

            Key feature: carries out a reinvestment task

            Evaluation Criterion: use of knowledge from texts in a reinvestment task



Evaluation Criterion

3 - Excellent

2 – Good

1 - Unsatisfactory



Student uses knowledge from texts in a reinvestment task

There are many clear links to the text and the information used is rich, relevant and accurate.

There are many clear links to the text and the information used is relevant and/or accurate.

There are few clear links to the texts.


Most of the information used is irrelevant (e.g. does not make sense, is incomplete) and/or inaccurate.



C3: Student writes and produces text

            Key feature: uses writing and production processes

            Evaluation Criterion: participation in the writing and production processes


Evaluation Criterion

3 - Excellent

2 – Good

1 - Unsatisfactory

Students participate in the writing and production processes

Students cooperate and work well together, adapting the process described above to their personal style.

Students sometimes work together and use some of the process described above.

Students do not work together.  Students do not use the process described above.



This task has been adapted from:

 Parks, P., & Vaillancourt, T. (2008).  Express yourself: English as a second language.  First year of secondary cycle two.

Teacher’s guide.  Montreal: Éditions du Renouveau Pédagogique.  See Unit 8, I’m a Survivor, pp. 31-32.




            See each task to know how you will be evaluated.