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From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads
Marco? Point and Click: along the Silk Road through central Asia.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Advanced

From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Roads is a curriculum created by the China Institute and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It explores Central Asia, taking students on a journey -- beginning in the second century BCE and ending in the contemporary period -- along the Silk Road, one of the world's oldest and most important trade routes.
This curriculum guide is divided into eight sections and can be viewed online in PDF format or downloaded to your computer. Links are listed on the main page of the site.

K-12 educators teaching about China and its history, language, and customs will find this guide to be a nice addition to their curriculum materials. It includes five units: Geography, Ethnic Relations and Political History, Exchange of Goods and Ideas, Religions, and Art. Each of the units includes from four to six lesson plans, textual and visual documents, maps, tables, and a Silk Road board game. The first section of the guide includes five introductory essays and a collection of maps. Supplementary materials include a glossary, bibliography, lists of print and non-print resources for educators, a list of China and Asia-related outreach centers and museums, and information about the essay authors and project directors.


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