This is a student-centered project on mercantilism. This PowerPoint takes students step by step through the production of a caravel, or boat so they can experience how mercantilism led to the creation of a middle class.
These 20 slides include resources, summarizing strategies, and student choice in determining how they show what they know. Students can choose a traditional essay, creating 'help wanted' posters, or creating a 'recipe for the middle class.'
I upload this file to my students and they work on laptops, but this project could just as easily be completed in a traditional pen and paper setting.