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  • Ellie: i’m from ancient egypt Stella: yay!!!!!!! Ellie:i’m going to teach you what it was like to be a scribe, the 4th level of the pyramid 1 level below the priests. Stella:im so excited can i learn more!? Ellie:YES!
  • peasants
  • artisans
  • scribes
  • priests
  • government officials
  • pharaoh
  • Ellie:Only men were allowed to be scribes. Stella:ohhhhh ok. Ellie: They came from all classes of society. Becoming a scribe was one of the few ways that men could rise above their parents' social class. Stella:interesting!
  • Ellie:Boys who wanted to become scribes had to attend scribe schools. The schools were run by priests. Very few boys came from the peasant class. Stella:cool! When did school start? Ellie:Schooling started around the age of five. Students typically spent 12 years or more learning hieroglyphs, a system of writing developed around 3000 B.C.E.]. This writing system was quite complicated. Most students first mastered a simpler form of writing and then worked their way up to hieroglyphs.
  • Ellie:Work of scribes is next Stella:Can you explain the work? Ellie: yes so, Ancient Egyptians kept all kinds of records, so scribes held a big variety of jobs. They recorded accounts of the grain and food supply. They wrote down the results of the government census, which counted the people living in Egypt.Legal scribes recorded court cases and helped enforce laws, Some of the scribes calculated and collected taxes. Military scribes kept track of the army's soldiers and food supply, also the number of enemies killed in a battle.
  • Ellie:Every scribe used the same tools. For pens, a scribe used finely sharpened reeds. For paper, he used a sheet of papyrus laid on a writing tablet. The tablets were made of wood or stone. Each tablet contained two wells, one for black ink and one for red ink. A small container held water that was used to wet the ink. Stella:so exciting!
  • Stella: can i learn more?!! Ellie:yes! Scribes also carried rolls of papyrus. this paper was a remarkable Egyptian invention. The Egyptians made paper by first cutting the inner part of the papyrus plant into strips. Stella:cool. Yay!! Ellie: These strips were soaked in water for several days until they were soft. The soft strips were laid out in a crisscross pattern, and then pressed between two sheets of cloth until all the water was absorbed. Finally, the papyrus strips were pressed one more time.
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