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Travel the deserts and mountain passes of Central Asia with From Silk to Oil: Cross-Cultural Connections Along the Silk Road. This book of global studies curriculum, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and produced by China Institute, begins in the second century BCE and ends in the contemporary period.

The twenty-three curriculum units consist of a lesson plan, written and visual documents, maps, tables, and even a Silk Roads board game.

The book can be downloaded in eight separate sections.

Sandhya Nankani, The New York Times Learning Network

Grades: 6-8, 9-12
Subjects: Current Events, Geography, Global History, Language Arts, Social Studies
Interdisciplinary Connections

Overview of Lesson Plan: In this lesson, students consider the growth of religious schools in rural Pakistan and their impact, then draw connections between recent current world events, their own experience and prior knowledge.

Lesson Plan

Gaining Background for the Graphic Novel Persepolis: A WebQuest on Iran

Persepolis Lesson Plan

ilile Persepolis Lesson Plan (scroll down)

Behind Persepolis: The Islamic Revolution

NYTimes lesson plan on Islamic Revolution (a lot of resources)

Lesson: Storyboarding Revolution

Pictures Tell the Story: Improving Comprehension With Persepolis

Persepolis: A Graphic Story of Childhood.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plans

Afghanistan’s Women: What Needs to Happen for Equality to be Achieved?

Women’s Rights in Post-War Afghanistan

Some Characteristics of Singapore Law by Greg Alms

Lessons in Class: High School Seniors

Lesson Plan


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