How does The Egypt Game relate to social studies?
The Egypt Game is certainly a novel that moves across subject area boundaries. The setting of this novel is a great example of a college town in 1960's California. As such, it contains an incredible amount of diverse characters from many different ethnic backgrounds. The children range from age four to eleven and represent a variety of different cultures: white, black, Asian, etc. The adults, of course, have the sting of prejudice; however, the young people don't seem to see race or age or culture at all. In this regard, the adults actually learn from the children (the adults making amends with the college professor who was unjustly accused of murder). The violence discussed in the novel also brings about a dramatic point in regards to social studies of this decade. There are also other minor social studies applications that could focus on the Korean War or even the "stranger danger" idea. Furthermore, The Egypt Game is an excellent opportunity to explore love and acceptance that transcends cultural boundaries either in English class or Social Studies.
The Egypt Game definitely relates to social studies. Typically, students read it when they first study ancient civilizations, especially ancient Egypt! The book is great for enhancing students' understanding of ancient Egypt; it kind of takes your students into ancient Egypt, on a small scale. The story includes a lot of suspense and fantasy. It's a great way to incorporate reading into social studies, which the Common Core, the new standards all states are following, requires. I hope your students enjoy it!