In a barter system, people have to trade goods and services for other goods and services. In an economy that produces millions of goods and services, barter is very difficult. Think of all the stuff (goods and services) you have.
It's December 16, 1773 and many of the citizens of Boston are furious with King George's new tax on tea. Young Ethan, a printer's errand boy, has been given the task of conveying information concerning an upcoming protest meeting. As he makes his rounds through the city the reader is introduced to the goods and services provided by colonial merchants. [NOTE: These lessons are based on the book "Colonial Voices Hear Them Speak" by Kay Winters. However, it is not necessary for the students to have read the book to successfully complete the activities.]
In the book, Peppe the Lamplighter, by Elisa Bartone, Peppe and his family moved to America to pursue the American Dream. His mother has passed away, his father is ill, and all the children need to find work to help provide for basic essentials. Peppe is excited to find a job, only to be told by his dad that his new job is not important or a job he should be proud of. This lesson will challenge students to consider specialists in the community and the valuable goods and services they provide. They will also participate in an activity that will allow them to learn the concept of interdependence and how it satisfies economic wants.
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