TEACHING LEVEL: 7-12 grade
TEACHING TIME: Two 50-minute class periods
- Students will define “mercantilism” and explain its
- Students will explain why the United States became involved in
the China trade.
- Students will locate relevant ports, oceans, and regions on
the world map.
- Students will list and explain factors which determined how different
trading routes and strategies were devised over time.
Adapting the Lesson for Middle School
Most of the activities in this lesson are appropriate for middle
school students. If the teacher anticipates that some students may find the
descriptions of the common trade routes difficult to read, students can work
together in groups to figure out one of the routes and then form new groups
to teach each other about the routes using the jigsaw model of cooperative learning.