Mercantilism Katherine Deming Bedichek Middle School Objective: The student will know the meaning of the word "mercantilism" by acting out, drawing or singing. Warmup: Ask students to use their textbooks or dictionaries to define the word "mercantilism" Notes: Have the students write notes on the map about what happens in mercantilism (a student and teacher copy of the note sheet are available below in the attachments section) Vocabulary Extension--Give the class 3 options for how to explain mercantilism 1. Working alone, the student will draw a 5-frame comic book illustrating what happens in mercantilism. The comic must have color, dialogue and no stick figures. 2. Skit--Working in a group of 3, the student will perform mercantilism with a script and props. Points awarded for creativity and accuracy of information. Require the students to turn in their completed script. 3. Song--Working in a group of 2-3, ask the students to change the words to a popular song so that it is about mercantilism. Have the students sing the song to the class and project the words by an overhead. Ask the students to turn in the song lyrics. Points awarded for creativity and accuracy. Example: To the tune of Amazing Grace (it's cool if you have musical talent to accompany yourself on guitar. The students really like to hear you sing even if it is not pretty) Amazing Mercantilism How sweet the sound That saved England a lot of money I once was a farmer Who grew a lot of cash crops They're all being shipped overseas Example: To the tune of Row, Row, Row your boat Mer-Mer-Mercantil-Mercantilism England is making a whole lotta money Good for freaking' them Have the students work on their projects for 1 class period and perform the next day.