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Title: Understanding Mercantilism: The Economic System of the Colonial Era

Grade Level: High School (9th-12th grade)

Objective: - Students will understand the concept of mercantilism and its impact on the colonial era. - Students will analyze the economic policies and practices of mercantilism. - Students will evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of mercantilism.

Materials: - Textbooks or online resources on mercantilism - Handouts with key terms and definitions - Whiteboard or blackboard - Markers or chalk - Computer and projector (optional)


  1. Introduction (10 minutes)
    • Begin the lesson by asking students if they have heard of mercantilism before. Write down their responses on the board.
    • Explain that mercantilism was an economic system that dominated Europe during the colonial era, and it heavily influenced the policies and practices of the European colonies.
    • Share the objective of the lesson with the students.
  2. Key Terms (10 minutes)
    • Distribute handouts with key terms and definitions related to mercantilism.
    • Ask students to read the terms silently and highlight any unfamiliar words.
    • Go through the terms as a class, explaining their meanings and providing examples.
    • Encourage students to ask questions and clarify any doubts.
  3. Mercantilism Overview (15 minutes)
    • Provide a brief overview of mercantilism, emphasizing its main principles and goals.
    • Discuss how mercantilism aimed to increase a nation’s wealth through a favorable balance of trade, the accumulation of precious metals, and the establishment of colonies.
    • Explain how mercantilism promoted protectionist policies, such as tariffs and subsidies, to protect domestic industries and maintain a positive trade balance.
  4. Mercantilism in Practice (20 minutes)
    • Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of mercantilism to research (e.g., trade, colonies, tariffs, subsidies).
    • Instruct the groups to gather information on how their assigned aspect was implemented during the colonial era.
    • Provide access to textbooks or online resources for research.
    • After the research, have each group present their findings to the class, highlighting key examples and explaining the impact of their assigned aspect on the colonies.
  5. Benefits and Drawbacks (15 minutes)
    • Lead a class discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of mercantilism.
    • Encourage students to consider both the positive and negative consequences of this economic system.
    • Write down their responses on the board, categorizing them into benefits and drawbacks.
    • Facilitate a discussion on the long-term effects of mercantilism on the colonies and the global economy.
  6. Conclusion and Reflection (10 minutes)
    • Summarize the main points discussed during the lesson.
    • Ask students to reflect on how mercantilism influenced the development of the colonies and its impact on global trade.
    • Provide an opportunity for students to ask any remaining questions or share their thoughts on the topic.

Extension Activities: - Have students research and compare mercantilism with other economic systems, such as capitalism and socialism. - Assign a writing task where students analyze the impact of mercantilism on a specific colony or region. - Organize a debate where students argue for or against the implementation of mercantilism in a hypothetical scenario.

Assessment: - Monitor students’ participation during class discussions and group activities. - Evaluate students’ understanding of mercantilism through their presentations and contributions to the class discussion. - Assess students’ comprehension of the topic through a written reflection or a short quiz.