Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 11

As part of a study of how writers structure their text so that readers understand events, class members do a close reading of “Is It Lawful to Make Slaves of Others Against Their Will?”, a chapter in Aronson and Budhos' Sugar Changed the World. The chapter examines the tactics used by abolitions like Thomas Clarkson to demonstrate the bridge between sugar and slavery. Class members consider the events and images the authors include to build the same understanding in readers.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members investigate conditions of modern sugar plantations
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos' Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science, the central text of the unit
  • The 11th in a 28-lesson unit that focuses on how writers structure and support their arguments
  • The 12-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion questions with sample answers, a template for the Unfolding Analysis Tool: Connecting Ideas, as well as a completed model 
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Common Core