October 6

posted Oct 7, 2011, 5:24 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Oct 7, 2011, 5:25 AM ]
Economics Standard
2.1 Understand that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices
Day # 25Date:  October 6, 2011Social 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 tomorrow's assessment:
  • Open the template called "Assess3OrganizationChart" to review your notes, organize your ideas, and come up with ideas to include in your blog.
  • Open the template called "rubrictemplate" to remind yourself what is required and how your blog will be graded. 
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 10/7
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 
ExtensionMoney 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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