Lesson 3.3: Trade Routes: Goods and Ideas in Motion
• Students will examine maps showing trade routes and major trading cities during the module timeframe, making connections between sources and markets.
• They will also identify commodities traded and associate some of them with locations on the trade routes
• They will explore modern economic concepts such as trade deficits and supply/demand and relate them to the medieval Mediterranean flow of trade goods.
• They will analyze primary source accounts of trade during the period and characterize the variety of goods being traded and the multi-cultural/multi-national dimensions of trade in the region.
• Student Handout 3.3.1, Introduction to Trade Routes: Goods and Ideas in Motion
• Student Handout 3.3.2, “The West-East Trade Deficit: Who Controlled the Flow of Goods and Cash”
• Student Handout 3.3.3, “Towns and Trade Route Maps”
Lesson Plan Text
1. Distribute Student Handout 3.3.1, “Introduction to Trade Routes: Goods and Ideas in Motion.” Have the students read the handout, then ask them to consider and identify commodities and consumer goods in modern times.
2. Have the students read Student Handout 3.3.2, “The West-East Trade Deficit: Who Controlled the Flow of Goods and Cash. ” and ask them to identify the aspects of medieval and modern market forces that are common. Then have them continue to read the selections in the handout, which detail who was involved in trading, and what specific goods were traded.
3. Prepare and distribute or display Student Handout 3.3.3 on – Towns and Trade Route Maps during various time periods, and have students complete the activities associated with each map, either in class or as homework, individually or in groups.