An Explanation of Mercantilism for Struggling Learners

As I’ve mentioned ad nauseum on this blog, I work at a business-themed high school in Lower Manhattan. Mercantilism, a key concept to any high school social studies curriculum, is especially important in this institution. I’ve posted elsewhere on Mark’s Text Terminal a a lengthy and supported lesson plan on the concept. At the same time, I have always sought to supply students with a thumbnail sketch of this relatively abstract concept, the mastery of which often eludes struggling learners.

The other day, struggling to explain mercantilism, once again, to a freshman global studies class, I came up this summary of mercantilism that calls upon prior knowledge that we can, I think, fairly safely assume all our students possess.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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