Who was Cleopatra? If you ask your children this question, they may be able to give you a vague idea of who they think this historical figure was. But, so that you know a little more about his life and his role in the history of Egypt, we bring you this biography in a children's story about the life of the great Cleopatra. It is titled 'The Queen of Egypt'.
Cleopatra was born in the time of the pharaohs. She was of Greek stock, so she grew up speaking, reading and writing in Greek; but how she was a very smart girl She was the first in her household to learn to speak Egyptian, and everyone assumed she was descended from an Egyptian family.
Every day he played with his little brother, Ptolemy, on the banks of the River Nile.
- Look at Ptolemy! - Shouted his brother pointing to two large crocodiles.
- Let's see if you can catch me! - Ptolemy shouted playing tag running between the pyramids.
Cleopatra's beauty did not go unnoticed by anyone. Her sweet and harmonious voice, her big green eyes, her slim body, her fine hands; everything about her was elegance And, as they said around there, it was because every day he bathed in donkey's milk.
When the brothers grew up, even if they had never imagined it, They fought for the throne and Ptolemy drove Cleopatra out of the house. She got very angry with her brother.
She went to live in Alexandria and there she fell in love with Julius Caesar, to whom he told what had happened to him. So the lover decided to help her regain the throne of Egypt by kicking Ptolemy out of the palace. Later Julius Caesar was assassinated and Cleopatra reigned with Cesarion, their son.
A few years later, Cleopatra met Marco Antonio; by then she was still bathing in donkey's milk and they had a crush. It happened that he was already married and, his wife's brother, Octavian, who was emperor of Rome, was very angry when he saw that Marco Antonio left his sister for another woman and declared war on the two.
Knowing how in love they were, Octavian captured Cleopatra and sent a letter to Marco Antonio saying that she had died. Falling into the trap, broken with pain, Marco Antonio decided to kill himself rather than live without his beloved. The same day that Cleopatra learned of the death of Antony, she also took her own life. She put on her makeup, put on her best dress, lay down and dropped an asp on her bed so that it could poison her with its bite.
From this story, you can ask your children some reading comprehension questions with which you can check if they have been attentive to everything you have read. In addition, below we propose more language activities with which you can review some of the concepts your children have learned in class during the previous months.
To make the following activities attractive to your children, think of them as a challenge or a game that you have to solve. In addition, you must adapt them to their level and age, since if they are too complicated or too easy to solve they will cause a certain rejection.
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- Reading comprehension questions about the story
We started with some 'true or false' questions to assess whether the little ones understood and paid attention to what they were reading.
- Cleopatra was of Greek origin.
- Cleopatra and Ptolemy fought for the throne of Egypt.
- Cleopatra fell in love with Julius Caesar, who helped her regain the throne.
- Marco Antonio and Cleopatra also lived a love story.
- Complete the sentence
Another fun way to find out if the children have understood what they have read is to propose an exercise to complete the sentence from the story. Here are some examples that you can propose to your children:
- Cleopatra's brother was named _______.
- Cleopatra's son was named _______. (This one is complicated!)
- Cleopatra liked to bathe in ________'s milk.
- Cleopatra died from the bite of a ___________.
- Look up the most complicated words in the dictionary
To better understand the text, it is also necessary for children to understand all the words that appear in it. Therefore, we must suggest that they look in the dictionary for those that they do not understand. With this exercise, we will also help children to expand their vocabulary.
Although each child may have different doubts, these are some of the most difficult words in the text.
Once the previous exercises have been carried out, we can propose to the children other more fun activities, but just as educational, so that they can dive into the time of the pharaohs.
- Journey to the past
How much do your children know about Egypt? They sure still have a lot to learn from this fascinating time! As a result of this biography in the tale of Cleopatra we can embark on a journey through time and learn more about the time of the pharaohs and the pyramids. To do this, we can accompany our children through the Internet, but we can also do it in a more analog way and pick up books or encyclopedias.
- African legends
Your kids will love reading some of the most beautiful African legends like 'The Baobab' or 'The Elephant and the Rain' or 'The Hyena and the Free'. All of these stories convey important values to children such as humility or forgiveness.
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