Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 50 - 55 mins

Topic: The Effect of Trade on Technological Advances

Grade Level: 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn how trade between regions contributed to advances in technology.

Know Before You Start: It helps to display a map of the following transregional trade routes: Trans-Saharan, Silk Road, Indian Ocean Routes, Mediterranean Sea Routes.


  • Discuss how technology has developed in the past five years, ten years, and/or fifty years.

    • Why was that technology developed?

    • What need called for the development of this new technology at the time? E.g., Uber Eats, SmartPhone, Social Media, Radio. 

  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

    • How did trade help new technology develop?


  • Display a map showing these major trade routes: Trans-Saharan, Silk Road, Indian Ocean Routes, Mediterranean Sea Routes.

  • Have students select one of these transregional routes to research. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a one-to-three-panel comic illustrating the technology developed at that time as a result of traveling that route. 

  • The comic should include information about the route selected, the technology developed, and how it helped or impacted other societies.

Closure: Discuss finished comics as a class.

  • You may choose to group students using a Jigsaw grouping, with at least one person in every group representing each trade route. 

  • Have students discuss their new technologies for each route. Then, decide as a group which technology has impacted their own lives the most in the present-day.


  • Use Think-Pair-Share strategy during whole group discussion. 

  • Display student comic expectations during work time. 

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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