Travelling the Silk Road

Travelling the Silk Road - By: Elia Gindin
Posted on 11/05/2019

For many years now, students in 8th grade Social Studies at SMS have been writing postcards to their loved ones from an Italian City State back to their family on the Silk Road. This lesson exemplifies the growth of the Italian City State during the beginnings of the Renaissance. Studying the Renaissance is one of three case studies we study, also including the Aztec and early Japanese civilizations. Students have a lot of fun deciding where along the Silk Road they will come from, what kind of hardships they endured while crossing the Silk Road, and then stating why they ended up in their particular City State. Students are to study and research the particular Worldview of said City State, and then decide all the reasons why they will start a new life there. It’s an engaging introductory assignment to one of our most loved Social Studies units. Students also love trying to find pictures of their city from Renaissance times.



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