Design a Calligraphic Plate
Design a calligraphic plate using Arabic script and images inspired by a meaningful word.
Objective: Students analyze objects from South Asia, West Asia, and China to connect to the travel experiences of ancient merchants and traders, develop an understanding of the breadth of the land and sea trade, and explore how art and ideas travel and change over time and place.
Powerpoint: Trade and Exchange in the Ancient World
Silk Road Map BCE–100 CE, Silk Road Trade Map
Topographical map (s)
1. Your Experiences with Travel.
Do a Quick Write (5-7 minutes), by selecting one of the two prompts. Share in pairs, then as a class.
2. What do these pictures have in common?
Show the slide, “What do these things have in common?” (in Powerpoint: Trade and Exchange in the Ancient World) Discuss. Refer to the list of items that commonly traveled the Silk Road. To draw a connection between then and now, ask students to brainstorm products that get imported and exported into America. This may be done individually, in pairs, or as a class.
3. Land or Sea?
Ask students to imagine the pros and cons of traveling by land and sea. Show Powerpoint: Trade and Exchange in the Ancient World to prompt a discussion about topography. Brainstorm the pros and cons of traveling by land or sea.
4. Plot Your Map