Trade and Contact in Ancient China

Trade and Contact in Ancient China

This ancient history lesson focuses on “Trade and Contact in Ancient China”, specifically focusing on the Silk Road. This trade route connected China to the Mediterranean and beyond and was critical in ancient China’s cultural, economic, and political development. The lesson is designed for both face-to-face and online classrooms.

We will begin by discussing the Silk Road and its origins. Students will learn about the routes that made up the Silk Road, the goods traded, and the people who travelled along it. They will also learn about the impact of the Silk Road on the cultural, economic, and political development of ancient China.

We will also examine the trade networks that existed in China during this period. Students will learn about the different types of trade and the role of merchants. They will also learn about the impact of trade on the economy and society of ancient China.

International trade relations with different cultures and countries are an essential topic covered in this lesson. Students will learn about the different routes and the impact of trade and contact on ancient China’s culture, economy and politics.

The Silk Road was not only a trade route but also a cultural exchange route. Students will learn about the different cultures that came into contact with each other along the trade route and how it impacted China’s artistic development.

In addition, students will also learn about the role of technology, particularly in the context of trade and contact. They will understand how technological advancements, such as paper making and gunpowder, were exchanged along the trade routes and how they impacted the world.

The student activities for this lesson include a group research task, which could easily be converted into an assessment task. This task will allow students to understand better the Silk Road and its impact on ancient China. They will have to research a specific aspect of the Silk Road and present their findings to the class.

Overall, this ancient history lesson provides a comprehensive overview of “Trade and Contact in Ancient China”, explicitly focusing on the Silk Road. Through the group research task, students will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of trade and contact on ancient China and how it shaped the world we know today.

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Resource Information

Description:Group Research Task that could easily be converted to an assessment task.
Estimated lessons:4-6
Ages11-14 years
Format Word Document

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