HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TOUR:
Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.
Step away from the textbook and bring history to life with The Silk Road Tour. On this diverse tour students will closely examine art and artifacts from Europe, Central Asia, and Asia to learn how goods, technologies, religions, and ideas were traded. Students will role play as they discover who traveled the Silk Road and why travelers made this dangerous journey. The Museum’s collection of Silk Road treasures include exotic textiles, ceramics, jade, stone sculptures and sacred cave paintings that tell a long story of cultural exchange. By looking at diverse artifacts like carpets, architectural details, furniture and luxury objects, students will understand the route that radically changed the ancient world.
Artwork on this tour:
Fragments from a Mihrab, Iranm Kashan, Late 13th or early 14th century, Glazed stone paste, underglaze-painted, overglaze-painted luster, Wilhelmina Tenney, Memorial Collection, Gift of Renee Halbedi, 1960, (2611.1a-b)
Connecting to Standards
General Learner Outcomes
GLO #1: Self-directed Learner (The ability to be responsible for one's own learning)
GLO #2: Community Contributor (The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together)
GLO #3: Complex Thinker (The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving)
GLO #5: Effective Communicator (The ability to communicate effectively)
K-12.CCRA.R.7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
SS.6.3.4: Describe the key figures and major beliefs of the major religious and philosophical traditions of ancient and classical times, including Judaism, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Greek philosophy, Christianity, and Islam
SS.6.3.6: Describe the trade networks, including the Silk Road and Saharan caravan trade; conflicts, including the Crusades and Mongol conquests; communications; and exchanges, including Chinese inventions and the bubonic plague, that linked the post-classical societies
SS.11.3.1: Examine the relationship between cultural traditions and the larger societies in the cases of Confucianism in China, Buddhism in Asia, Christianity in Europe, Hinduism in India, and Islam in the Muslim world
SS.11.3.2: Examine the effects of global interactions in pre-modern times including the Mongol conquests, the Crusades, and technological, biological, and commercial exchanges
SS.AS.2.1: Explain how trade networks of central and southeast Asian societies facilitated cultural and commercial communications and exchanges (eg, through the Silk Road, the Indian Ocean, the China Seas)
FA.6-8.1.7: Compare the characteristics of artwork from various historical periods and/or cultures
FA.6-8.1.8: Analyze, using evidence, how cultural factors have affected works of art now and in the past
FA.9-12.1.3: Analyze, using evidence, the relationship between themes explored in the visual arts and those explored in other content areas
FA.9-12.1.7: Analyze common characteristics of works of art and artifacts across time periods and among cultural groups to identify influences
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