TEACHING LEVEL: 9-12 grade
TEACHING TIME: Two 50-minute class periods
- Students will use basic terms of economics (“imports,” “exports,” “balance
of trade”) as they analyze data presented in graphs and tables.
will be able to list commodities that were important in early trade with China.
will be able to put America’s trade with China into the
broader context of the world political and economic scene.
- Students will be able
to use information presented in a table to explain how trade changed over time.
will be able to explain why trade with China played a significant role in
the early development of the United States.
Adapting the Lesson for Middle School
The goal of this lesson is to address the subject
of trading strategies from an economic perspective. If this approach is not
appropriate for the students,
the handouts on “Trading Strategies” and the “Profits
and Commodities of the China Trade” can be used to explore the kinds of
goods that appealed to American and European consumers at the time.
The final activity in the lesson, using the graph of imports and exports,
is intended to put the subject of early trade with China into the context of
trade and world political situations, a topic which is probably more complex
and detailed than Middle School students are interested in or prepared for.