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China: From Silk to Oil

The China Institute in New York has developed a book that explores many facets of life and trade along the Silk Road from 200 BCE to the present. The book can be downloaded in eight PDF files, which include maps, visuals, essays, tables, lesson plans, other resources, and even a board game.

Published by China Institute in 2007

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Junior/Community College
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
Themes/Keywords: Silk Road
trade routes

ethnic relations, religion, exchange, trade, Eurasia, Silk Road

Essential Question(s)
1. How does the need for goods shape relationships between cultures?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What is the significance of the Silk Road in today's world?
2. What would it have been like to travel the Silk Road during the first century?
3. What is today's Silk Road?

Extension and Activities
1. Suggest that students select a topic such as religion, art, ethnic relations, geography, history, trade, trade routes, and develop a presentation including their current ideas regarding the influence of the Silk Road on these topics in Eurasia.
2. Have students research and display maps of the Silk Road over time from 200 BCE to the present.

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