Along the Silk Road
Along the Silk Road explores the vast ancient network of cultural, economic, and technological exchange that connected East Asia to the Mediterranean. Students learn how goods, belief systems, art, music, and people traveled across such vast distances, resulting in interdependence among disparate cultures.
Yo-Yo Ma has referred to the Silk Road as the “Internet of antiquity,” and by studying this network of trading routes, students not only learn about the historical interconnectedness of people and ideas throughout the world, but also gain a new perspective on contemporary issues of globalization.
Unit Introduction: Along the Silk Road
Lesson 1: Mapping the Silk Road
Lesson 2: The History of the Silk Road
Lesson 3: Language and Communication
Lesson 4: Trade along the Silk Road
Lesson 5: Belief Systems along the Silk Road
Lesson 6: Arts of the Silk Road
Lesson 7: Music of the Silk Road
Lesson 8: Human Migration in Historical Perspective
Conclusion: Summarizing the Unit
- Laminated wall map
- DVD with images, maps and video of Silk Road Ensemble performance
- CD with audio clips
Subjects and Suggested Grade Levels
This curriculum is recommended for the following middle-school and secondary-school classes: Social Studies, Global Studies, Geography, Art History, World History, Religious Studies, Music. Adaptions for younger students are included.
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