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Traveling the Silk Road: Reflection piece

posted Sep 24, 2012, 10:19 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Oct 27, 2014, 7:34 PM by Laurie Becker ]


This discussion block will help to show what you have learned about the Silk Road as well as how well you can analyze and apply information found in maps.

Take a look at the interactive map of the silk road found at this link:   http://virtuallabs.stanford.edu/silkroad/SilkRoad.html   Note that the purple dots represent the cities along the 7000 mile route.  If you click on the ‘routes’ link on the top right corner, you will see the silk route as well as other trade routes that connect to the silk road.  

  • Before you begin writing your discussion piece, highlight and study each of the four links found in the upper left corner of the map that show the climates, languages, beliefs, and political changes found along the silk road.  

For our discussion next week:  Consider what it would be like to travel as a merchant with your goods along the silk road.  You may want to view the video “The Ancient Silk Road of China” on the link to the right to give you inspiration and further understanding of what the Silk Road would be like.

For further 'homework' in preparation:

  1. Write a paragraph or two giving us an imaginative picture of who you are, where you are from, and why you would be a traveler along this dangerous trade route. Are you from the East, or from the West? What is your name? What would you have to trade?  What would you want to get for a fair trade in return for your goods?  What might your language and religious beliefs be based on where you said you were originally from, the East or West.
  2. For your next section: As a traveler along the road, you would be traveling through a lot of changes in climate, beliefs, politics, or languages along your journey. Choose one of the four map overlays: climate, beliefs, languages, or political and write about what knowledge, precautions, supplies you would want to bring with you to support you with the (Climate, lauguages, religion, or political) changes you would travel through.
  • Consider what would items protect you best when dealing with changes along the road
  • What knowledge would help you when walking into another country? 
  • Would there be ways to communicate that are better than others when going through countries that have a different language? 
  • How would you dress? Act?
  • Would there be items you wouldn't bring with you?

Traveling the Sild Road


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