Bring history to life by recreating the world of trading, shipping and banking during the Renaissance. Students will role play as a merchants. Each round they will choose a product to ship. They will also choose whether to borrow money and buy insurance from the Medici, Bardi or Albizzi banks. After each round they will briefly explain the financial decisions they made. Finally, they will find out if their product made it to port and whether they made a profit or are in debt. There is no activity that better brings the risky and exciting world of Mediterranean trade in the Renaissance to life!
The activity continues as students role play as wealthy Florentine merchants looking to support Renaissance artists. Students begin by text mining a paragraph. They will then develop their understanding of the shift from medieval to Renaissance art by doing picture reveals. They will finally choose to patronize their favorite artist with their newly earned wealth.
Both activities conclude with a quiz and a letter writing workshops MAKING THIS FOUR DAYS WORTH OF LESSONS. Students will reflect on their experience as their character while working on writing skills. There is even a modified letter handout to help all students.
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