Apprenticeships: Now and Then
6th Grade, Research and Inquiry Activities
2. Read about commerce and apprenticeshps in early American times by clicking on six of the links at the bottom of the screen: The Market, Trades, Apprenticeship, Money, Mercantilism, and Imports and Exports.
3. Take notes on what you read, and be sure to check out the Glossary for help with any unfamiliar words or phrases.
4. Answer the following questions in the space provided below:
- What does it mean to be "apprenticed"? Explain in your own words.
- Review the occupations listed in the Trades section of the site. If you lived in colonial times, which occupation would you want for an apprenticeship, and why? What kinds of jobs do you think you would be asked to do every day?
- How did the early colonists manage to exchange goods and services without using paper money? Explain in your own words.
For information on apprenticeships in Medieval and modern times, go to http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gbetcher/373/guilds.htm and to http://www.realapprenticeship.com/mcat/mainweb/apprenticeshiphist2.htm