Colonial Tobacco Economy

This Colonial Tobacco Economy unit also includes:

Tobacco as money? Middle schoolers investigate how eighteenth-century Virginia farmers used tobacco as a cash crop to buy tools, livestock, and household goods. They also examine the connection between tobacco production and the slave trade with primary source documents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Laminate board game materials for reuse
  • If grown in your area, arrange with a tobacco farmer to bring in examples of tobacco plants in various stages of the harvesting process
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires considerable prep time to gather and prepare materials, including making color copies of the vocabulary worksheet
  • The 49-page packet includes a detailed unit plan, answer keys, and directions for how to construct the board game that models bartering and risk management
  • None
Common Core