• Heather Barr

The Golden Goblet - Literature Guide

Rather your studying ancient Egypt or you just need a fun book to read you cannot go wrong with The Golden Goblet! This is a book that is full of both history and adventure! The main character is living in a time where greek gods were worshiped and superstition was everywhere! He makes new friends, learns to stand up for what is right, and never gives up on his dreams!

This book does not have any crude or inappropriate language, but does reference alcohol a couple of times. It also references depictions of hunger, physical abuse, and a child who lost both parents. Please carefully review before reading to your child if these instances could be a trigger for past trauma.

Ages: 7-12 year olds

Author: Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Vocabulary activities can include learning to spell the word, looking up in the meaning, and then creating a sentence for each word. You can also expand on these by creating a spelling city account to practice games with the words.

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Journal Entry Ideas:

  • Think about a job or chore that you do not like but still have to do. Write about that chore in your journal and also about how to make the chore more fun.

  • Write in your journal about a time that you wanted to confront someone but decided to cool off first. Did this help you handle the situation better? If you have never been in that kind of situation then imagine you are.

  • What does this verse mean to you? Matthew 6:19-21“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

  • Ancient Egyptians filled their tombs with items for use in the afterlife. These items included clothing, wigs, food, cosmetics, and jewelry. Make a list of things you would want included in your tomb if you believed in such an afterlife.


Do frequent comprehension checks with your child. This could be through summarization, oral discussion, or review worksheets.

Summarization is simply having your child orally summarize what was read back to you.

Oral discussion is to engage your child with open questions that promote discussion about the text.

Review worksheets are very easy to create at home. You can find key information points in the text and have your student complete the worksheets either while reading or after reading.

Writing Assignment Ideas:

Compare/Contrast in writing the difference between the between the Ancient Egyptians view on the body and afterlife and that of the Bible.

Here are some hints:

The ancient Egyptians believed each person was made up of five distinct parts - the physical body, the Ba, the Ka, the Name, and the Shadow.

Romans 8:10 “But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”


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