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October 17

posted Oct 17, 2012, 6:19 AM by Peter Knowles
Economics Standard
2.1 Understand that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices

Date:  October 17, 2012Social Studies Standards  
Vocabulary Terms
Target Question
How does an abundance of food create opportunities for more changes?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand how the manor system in the middle ages changed the economic choices available to people living there.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will become familiar with the economic terms money economy and commercial capitalism by reading about the terms and providing definitions.  HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
InstructionsLast night's homework was to read pages 132-135: Peasants, Trade, and Cities. Answer the question: 
How did changes in agriculture lead to a need for money and the growth of cities?

Key ideas:
  1. Europe's population had grown dramatically in a 300 year period (from AD 1000-1300) from about 38 million to 74 million.
  2. Part of the population increase was due to an increased ability to produce food.
  3. Increased food production was a result of:
    1. New technologies, such as an iron plow, and
    2. Choices about how to farm, moving to a three-field system of crop rotation
    3. Choices about how to organize land, power, and society, using the manor system
  4. Greater food production and increased population created an abundance of food and labor
  5. The revival of trade was able to use the excess food and labor with trade across Europe (from the north to Italy) and outside of Europe (from Italy to areas in the east)
  6. Increased trade brought an increase in gold and silver coins
  7. More coins and currency (as opposed to barter) led to a money economy
  8. More money in the economy led to larger trading companies and a need for banks
  9. The system created -- commercial capitalism -- allowed for more investment in trade and even more profits
  10. Trade improvements, more efficient agricultural techniques, and the growing population led to larger and larger cities across Europe.

Get ready for our next assessment, Due Tuesday, October 23
  • Open a Google Doc called "Assess3Outline" to help you review your notes, organize your ideas, and begin planning the language you'll use in your assessment.
  • Open the scoring rubric that will be used to score your assessment and preview the key points and ideas there. (It's a view only template, but you can make a copy for yourself if you like).
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment
HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment

DUE 10/23
Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
How have people's economic choices in history created consequences for later generations? 
Start thinking about examples you learned about today. They will come in handy when you need to write about them later.
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionHow were trade routes established to help societies use their abundance to get what they wanted or needed? 
Learn about the History of Trade in general, or about the trade between East Africa and Asia (pgs 104-105 in your text), the Silk Road, the revival of Medieval Trade (pgs 134-135 in your text), or trade among early cultures of the Americas

Money solved a lot of problems facing civilizations as they tried to increase trade, but money has also caused problems throughout the years. Take a look at these resources to learn more about money in our modern lives.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE  ASSESSMENT, OR WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TODAY'S TOPICS
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