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Unit #1: Economics In The 13 Colonies
Learning Target: I can ROLE PLAY various roles in the Colonial American economy. 

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Follow the directions below.  You will be creating a tab for this assignment after you have added this lesson's learning target to your LiveBinder.

1.  Open the "Learning Targets" tab in your LiveBinder.  Copy the learning target above into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

2.  Create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "Economics In The 13 Colonies". 

3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" option. 


Red Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: What is "Mercantilism?"

1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: What is Mercantilism?"

2.  Take a few moments to watch the What is Mercantilism? Video.  You may also want to have a look at Mr. Gigliotti's Mercantilsim PowerPoint presentation.

3.  Did you find that video to be a little dull and boring?  If so then check out this Mercantilism Rap video!

4.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "Economics," "mercantilism", and "mother country".  

5.  Write the definitions in your LiveBinder text box. 

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Part II: How Do Colonies Exist Only To Benefit The Mother Country?


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: How Do Colonies Exist Only To Benefit The Mother Country?"

2.  Next, read the following document about Mercantilism with your group.  After you have read over the document, answer the following questions in your LiveBinder text box:

      A. During the Age of Mercantilism between the 16th and 18th centuries, why did European nations want gold?

      B. Why did European nations use taxes on international trade, rather than other taxes, to raise revenue?

      C. How did nations increase the amount of gold they owned?

      D. What did mercantilist nations give up when they held on to their gold, rather than spend it?



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Part III: The Triangular Trade Route


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: The Triangular Trade Route"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following term: "Triangular Trade Route"  Write the definition in your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Watch and listen to the Triangular Trade Song to learn more about this important topic.  You can also check out this video about the Triangular Trade Route.  Be sure to also explore this website explaining the
     Triangular Trade Route and Mercantilism. 

4.  Next, look at the Triangular Trade map and the Interactive Triangular Trade map to answer the following questions about the Triangular Trade Routes:

      A.  Which items were traded between the New England Colonies and Africa?

      B.  Which items were traded between Africa and the West Indies?

      C.  Which items were traded between the West Indies and the New England Colonies?


5.  Conduct an Internet search to find an image of the "Triangular Trade Route."  Save the image to your computer using the "control" > "click" > "save image function". 

6.  Now upload the image to your LiveBinder media box by clicking on "content" > "upload" > "file"

     

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Part IV: Role Playing Activity


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Role Playing Activity"

2.  Imagine that you are a British "furrier" (someone who makes luxury clothing and hats from fur) living in London, England during the 1700's.  Write a well written paragraph (7-9 sentences) explaining your
     opinion of the British Mercantile system.  In other words, why would a British furrier support or like the idea of Mercantilsm?  Use what you have learned to compose your work and place it in your LiveBinder textbox. 

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White Activity:
 Assignments to Complete:

Part I: What is "Mercantilism?"

1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: What is Mercantilism?"

2.  Take a few moments to watch the What is Mercantilism? Video.  You may also want to have a look at Mr. Gigliotti's Mercantilsim PowerPoint presentation.

3.  Did you find that video to be a little dull and boring?  If so then check out this Mercantilism Rap video!

4.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "Economics," "Mercantilism," and "mother country."  

5.  Write the definitions in your LiveBinder text box. 

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Part II: How Do Colonies Exist Only To Benefit The Mother Country?


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: How Do Colonies Exist Only To Benefit The Mother Country?"

2.  Next, explore the information on the Mercantilism website to learn more about this economic system.  Remember to use the text to speech function on your Macbook if you would like the text read to you.  

3.  After you have read over the information in the website, answer the following questions in your LiveBinder text box:

      A. Who controls trade laws and prices in a mercantilist system?

      B.  How much of a say did people in the American colonies have over their trade laws?

      C.  Who benefitted greatly from a mercantile system?



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Part III: The Triangular Trade Route


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: The Triangular Trade Route"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following term: "Triangular Trade Route"  Write the definition in your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Watch and listen to the Triangular Trade Song to learn more about this important topic.  You can also check out this video about the Triangular Trade Route.  Be sure to also explore this website explaining the
     Triangular Trade Route and Mercantilism. 

4.  Next, look at the Triangular Trade map and the Interactive Triangular Trade map to answer the following questions about the Triangular Trade Routes:

      A.  Which items were traded between the New England Colonies and Africa?

      B.  Which items were traded between Africa and the West Indies?

      C.  Which items were traded between the West Indies and the New England Colonies?


5.  Conduct an Internet search to find an image of the "Triangular Trade Route."  Save the image to your computer using the "control" > "click" > "save image function". 

6.  Now upload the image to your LiveBinder media box by clicking on "content" > "upload" > "file"
     

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Part IV: Role Playing Activity


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Role Playing Activity"

2.  Imagine that you are an American colonist that makes a living trapping and selling beaver pelts as part of the profitable fur trade.  Why would an American fur trader NOT support or like the idea of
     Mercantilism?  Use what you have learned to compose a well written paragraph (5-7 sentences) explaining your point of view.  Place your work in your LiveBinder textbox.

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Blue Activity:
Assignments to Complete:

Part I: What is "Mercantilism?"

1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part I: What is Mercantilism?"

2.  Take a few moments to watch the What is Mercantilism? Video.  You may also want to have a look at Mr. Gigliotti's Mercantilsim PowerPoint presentation.

3.  Did you find that video to be a little dull and boring?  If so then check out this Mercantilism Rap video!

4.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "Economics," "Mercantilism," and "mother country."  

5.  Write the definitions in your LiveBinder text box. 

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Part II: How Do Colonies Exist Only To Benefit The Mother Country?


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: How Do Colonies Exist Only To Benefit The Mother Country?"

2.  Next, explore the information on the Mercantilism website to learn more about this economic system.  Remember to use the text to speech function on your Macbook if you would like the text read to you.  

3.  After you have read over the information in the website, answer the following questions in your LiveBinder text box:

      A. Who controls trade laws and prices in a mercantilist system?

      B.  How much of a say did people in the American colonies have over their trade laws?

      C.  Who benefitted greatly from a mercantile system?



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Part III: The Triangular Trade Route


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: The Triangular Trade Route"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following term: "Triangular Trade Route"  Write the definition in your LiveBinder text box. 

3.  Watch and listen to the Triangular Trade Song to learn more about this important topic.  You can also explore this Interactive Triangular Trade map as well.  You can also check out this video about the
     Triangular Trade Route.  Be sure to also explore this website explaining the Triangular Trade Route and Mercantilism. 

4.  Next, look at the Triangular Trade map and answer the following questions about the Triangular Trade Routes:

      A.  Which items were traded between the New England Colonies and Africa?

      B.  Which items were traded between Africa and the West Indies?

      C.  Which items were traded between the West Indies and the New England Colonies?


5.  Conduct an Internet search to find an image of the "Triangular Trade Route."  Save the image to your computer using the "control" > "click" > "save image function". 

6.  Now upload the image to your LiveBinder media box by clicking on "content" > "upload" > "file"
     

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Part IV: Role Playing Activity


1.  Type the following title into your LiveBinder text box: "Part II: Role Playing Activity"

2.  Imagine that you are a ship captain that illegally smuggles molasses from the West Indies to New England.  There is great risk to your profession.  If the British catch you you will be put in prison.    Why would
     an American ship captain ignore mercantilist laws and risk imprisonment  to continue shipping molasses.    Use what you have learned to compose several sentences explaining your point of view.  Place your
     work in your LiveBinder textbox.

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