Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 16

The Sugar Changed the World chapter, "The Sound of Liberty" brings into sharp focus how the differing attitudes toward the slave trade began to shift the issue from an economic concern to a concern for human rights. The passage contrasts Thomas Jefferson's lack of support for the Haitian revolution to John Adam's support.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research the Haitian Revolution in greater detail, as well as the roles of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Toussaint Louverture in the revolt
Classroom Considerations

  • The discussion of Thomas Jefferson's role in the refusal to recognize Haiti requires the establishment of a protocol for a safe, respectful discussion on sensitive topics
  • The focus of the one-unit module is on helping writers develop the skills they need to develop well-crafted arguments supported by strong evidence
  • The 16th in a 28 lesson unit designed to directly address Common Core reading and writing standards for grade 9
  • The unit uses Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos' Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science as a central text
Pros

  • The nine-page packet includes a detailed plan and discussion questions with suggested answers
Cons

  • All the lessons in the unit follow the same pattern
Common Core