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Brooklin
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, January 30, 2014
Brooklin School brings ancient Egypt to life

Genevieve Claybaugh as a pharaoh at Brooklin School

Brooklin School middle school student Genevieve Claybaugh as an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

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by Jessica Brophy

On Thursday, January 16, those in the Brooklin School had the opportunity to see a pharaoh, read the Rosetta stone, hear a Sphinx talk in riddles and more.

The middle school students presented a “living museum” bringing ancient Egypt to life. Teacher and event organizer Becky Tapley said the students are studying ancient civilizations this year, and that other living museums in the past have been very well received.

Students spend more than a month researching and planning on their assigned topic—such as the lives of cats in Egypt, the role of scribes, or the importance of the Nile River. “Students exercise research skills, then write an expository essay before they even plan [their presentation],” said Tapley. “Then they use their speaking skills and boost their confidence.”

Tapley said the students love the living museum events and having the public come in to hear their presentations. “They’re already asking when our next one will be,” said Tapley.

“It’s an active approach to learning,” said Tap

Justin Betts at Brooklin School

Brooklin middle school student Justin Betts talks about the role the Nile River played in the lives of ancient Egyptians.

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Tie Tie Brooks at Brooklin School

Tie Tie Brooks is Khufu, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

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Lindsay Nevin and Crocker Nevin at Brooklin School

Brooklin school student Lindsay Nevin wraps her father’s arm like a mummy at a “living museum” on Thursday, January 16.

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Leigh Brooks of Brooklin School

Leigh Brooks performs as part of the Brooklin School’s living museum.

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Genevieve Claybaugh as a pharaoh at Brooklin School

Brooklin School middle school student Genevieve Claybaugh as an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.

Photo by Jessica Brophy