Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Elements of Mercantilism and the Atlantic System


Why silver?

Research: Silver Mines
  • Potosi
  • Guanajuato
Write: Explain the labor and technology used to mine silver in the Spanish Americas.

Capt. Drake – Hero or Pirate?
Reading and documents

The economic system of large financial institutions—banks, stock exchanges, investment companies—that first developed in early modern Europe. Commercial capitalism, the trading system of the early modern economy, is often distinguished from industrial capitalism, the system based on machine production.

Land Empires in the Early Modern 1450-1750

Empires expanded and conquered new peoples around the world, but they often had difficulties incorporating culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse subjects, and administrating widely dispersed territories. ... Around the world, empires and states of varying sizes pursued strategies of centralization, including more efficient taxation systems that placed strains on peasant producers, sometimes prompting local rebellions. Rulers used public displays of art and architecture to legitimize state power (AP Curriculum).

This lesson is a cooperative learning activity that exercises reading, note-taking, and summarizing skills. It's a jig saw in groups of four with one note-taker recording the notes from the presenters as they share with the group. It begins individually and is assessed individually with cooperative learning and a collaborative product (notes on Google Docs).

Empires: Ming, Qing, Safavid / Ottoman, Songhay / Mughal

Reading: Ways of the World Strayer 2nd Ed.

  1. Read and make notes about your assigned civilization. Be prepared to share what you learned with your group.
  2. Share what you learned while the group recorder adds notes to the group document (Google Docs)
  3. Review other groups' notes to add to yours.
What was the most significant note that added from another group?

Write two direct comparisons between civilizations of your choice.


These videos are good case studies. I never show students Crash Course for introduction. Here's a set of guiding questions.

  • What is the relationship between Mongols and Mughals?
  • How were Hindus treated?
  • What economic pursuits supported the empire?
  • Describe the government structure and nature of politics.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Continuity and Change: Latin America and Interregional Trade 1450-1750

The interconnection of the Eastern and Western hemispheres, made possible by transoceanic voyaging, marked a key transformation of this period. 

Student work post 


Inquiry Process

Analyze continuities and changes in the ways ONE of the following regions participated in interregional trade during the period circa 1500 to 1750.
  • Latin America, including the Caribbean 
  • Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • Southeast Asia
  1. Write three questions that need to be answered to respond to the prompt (each on a separate note card or small piece of paper). Place them in your group's basket when finished. 
  2. Sort the questions and decide which three your group wants to share with the class.
  3. Submit the group's questions through the Google Form.
  4. Discuss the results as a class before reading the selection below.
Big Picture Reading

Read page 611-613 in Strayer.

Discuss: What was life like at the beginning, middle, and end of the period?


Regional Study

Each class will work on one Google Doc accessed from the class notes folder in Classroom. Each group will find five facts for their region that will be need to respond to the questions you wrote in the inquiry activity.
  • Europe Interior 
  • Europe Exploration 
  • Indigenous Americas
  • Spice Islands
  • Ottoman, Safavid, Mughal  
  • East Asia
  • Africa

CCOT Statement Practice

Use the Google Doc to write 4 CCOT statements, each from different regions. You'll choose one statement to submit through the Google Form. Use the "How to Write CCOT" on Classroom as needed.