To understand the effect of mercantilism on European countries and their colonies.
2 class periods
Begin by reading with the class the background information about the growth of trade between Europe and other parts of the world as a result of the Age of Exploration. Students then need about 15 minutes to answer a series of Thought Questions, which help to develop critical thinking skills. Briefly discuss their answers.
Next, the class is divided into 5 teams -- Portugal, Spain, France, England, and The Netherlands -- for the playing of THE GAME OF MERCANTILISM. The object of the game is for each country to gain control over trade in various products from around the world. These products, which are shown on a map on the last page of the lesson, were carried to Europe by merchant ships during the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s -- the period of mercantilism. A complete list of Game Rules is provided on the lesson pages.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress.
The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 1-15 of 150
LESSON 1: Textbook Study Guide
LESSON 2: Europe Trades with the East
LESSON 3: The First Americans
LESSON 4: The Explorers Game
LESSON 5: Explorers Come to the New World
LESSON 6: Christopher Columbus
LESSON 7: To Tell The Truth: Hernando Cortes
LESSON 8: Voyage of Magellan
LESSON 9: Trivia Contest: Age of Exploration
LESSON 10: The Trading Game
LESSON 11: The Game of Mercantilism
LESSON 12: Timeline: Age of Exploration
LESSON 13: Crossword Puzzle: The Age of Exploration
LESSON 14: Note Cards: Age of Exploration
LESSON 15: Map Exercise: The Thirteen Colonies