ERIC Number: ED175744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher's Guide to Canal. The Middlesex Canal: A Role Playing Exercise.
Holmes, Cary W.; Tedesco, Paul H.
The document consists of a role-playing game and related teacher's guide designed to illustrate decision-making processes leading to the building of the Middlesex Canal in Massachusetts in 1793. The primary educational objective is to involve students in the decision-making process through role play. The game is designed to facilitate consideration of economic problems preceding construction; known economic, social, and political facts; and a wide range of alternative actions and their consequences. The teacher's guide describes the game, which takes place in 1792 in Boston. The game involves 19 players, whose problem is whether to invest capital in the building of the canal. Teacher and student materials are listed, decision rules are noted, and nine suggestions for orientation are made. The guide includes a checklist intended to measure student data comprehension and interpretation, as well as 14 lead-in questions. The game itself contains one page noting the objective, time, and place, listing the cast, and stating the problem. Materials include 19 profile cards describing each role's vita, nine correspondence, population, and economic cards containing background information, an overview of the geography of the New England region, and a map of 1790 New England. Other relevant documents include a case study of the Middlesex Canal (SO 011 887) and a set of gas station maps of New England to be obtained by the teacher. "Teaching with Case Studies" (ED 100 764) would be helpful in using the material. (CK)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Educational Games, Educational Objectives, Instructional Materials, Problem Solving, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Simulation, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Transportation, United States History
Publication Information Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts 02106 (free)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Authoring Institution: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, MA.