The Silk Roads


Social Studies Middle School The Silk Roads
Students are introduced to the ancient Silk Roads with an array of stunning photos from the National Geographic website. Then, they explore print and video sources to learn what the Silk Roads were and how the roads contributed to the development of civilizations, both Asian and European. Then they learn the story of Marco Polo.

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Overview

In this experience, students are introduced to the ancient Silk Roads with an array of stunning photos from the National Geographic website. Then, they explore print and video sources to learn what the Silk Roads were and how the roads contributed to the development of civilizations, both Asian and European. Then they learn the story of Marco Polo.

Objectives

  • Describe the history of the Silk Road.
  • Explain the impact of the Silk Road trade routes.


In this experience, you’ll learn how travel and trade along a vast network of routes was the key to bringing East and West together.

Objectives

  • Describe the history of the Silk Road.
  • Explain the impact of the Silk Road trade routes.




Roads on Old Silk Route Silk Trading Route Between China and India


In this scene you’re going to take a trip along a road. It’s no ordinary road. It doesn’t look anything like the interstate highways you may have traveled. It’s called the Silk Road—or Silk Roads, because it was really a whole network of them—and it might be the most important road that ever existed.

View photos of it at #silk_route


Write words or very short phrases to express what you see in the photos, and your reaction to the photos. To write more than one, separate them with a comma, like this: tall, short

Post your answer

Discuss student responses.

Invite students to pose questions asking things they would like to know about the Silk Roads. They will learn many answers in this experience.


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