East and West: History of the Silk Road


World Cultures Russia East and West: History of the Silk Road
Students learn about the Silk Road and how the connection between the East and the West contributed to civilization. They use an interactive map to explore how the Silk Road affected the development of the cities along the route. They learn about the Mongolian Empire and state an opinion about whether the Mongols should be remembered as barbarians or as contributors to civilization.

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In this experience, students learn about the Silk Road and how the connection between the East and the West contributed to civilization. They use an interactive map to explore how the Silk Road affected the development of the cities along the route. Finally, they learn about the Mongolian Empire and state an opinion about whether the Mongols should be remembered as barbarians or as contributors to civilization.

Objectives:

  • Explain the impact of the Silk Road trade routes on Central Asia.
  • Describe the Mongol empire and its achievements.


The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that ran across regions of the Asian continent, connecting the Mediterranean area in the West to China in the East. The Silk Road got its name from the Chinese silk that was traded along this route. In this experience, you will learn about the significance of the Silk Road and about the Mongolian Empire that for centuries ruled over much of the route.

Objectives:

  • Explain the impact of the Silk Road trade routes on Central Asia.
  • Describe the Mongol empire and its achievements.
You may be familiar with the popular swimming pool game, Marco Polo. Do you know that Marco Polo was a real person who lived long ago?


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The Travels of Marco Polo


Marco Polo was a merchant from Venice (in modern Italy) who lived from 1254–1324. He spent over twenty years traveling through Central Asia and China along the Silk Road. He lived among the Mongols, who built a mighty empire in the region. Upon his return he wrote a book about his travels, which describes wonders unknown in Europe, such as paper money and burning coal for energy.


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