How do we know what we know about the Silk Road? Which historical sources about the Silk Road should we trust? In this investigation, students consider the reliability of sources by considering their authors, the intended audiences, and the circumstances under which they were created. Students write a critique of an exhibit that includes all of the sources they read about the Silk Road and suggest which source to exclude so that the exhibit fairly represents the Silk Road.
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Meeting the Standards
Literacy in History/Social Studies
ELA Reading: Information Text
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.7.1, 7.4-7.5, 7.7-7.10.
ELA Speaking & Listening
Dimension 1: D1.2.6-8.
Dimension 2: D2.Civ.6.6-8, D2.Geo.7.6-8., D2.Geo.11.6-8., D2.His.1.6-8., D2.His.4.6-8, D2.His.6.6-8., D2.His.10.6-8., D2.His.13.6-8., D2.His.16.6-8.
Dimension 3: D3.1.6-8., D3.2.6-8., D3.3.6-8., D3.4.6-8.
Dimension 4: D4.1.6-8., D4.2.6-8, D4.3.6-8., D4.6.6-8., D4.8.6-8.