Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 18

As freshman continue to investigate how sugar changed the world the focus shifts to a consideration of why people with limited job options take on dangerous or subjugating work. Class members read an opinion piece by Nicholas D. Kristof and analyze the evidence he uses to support his argument in defense of sweat shops.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Project the image of the garbage dump that leads Kristof's article so that class members understand the references
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of the supplemental text, "Where Sweatshops Are a Dream" by Nicholas D. Kristof
  • The lesson is designed to directly address Common Core standards RI.9-10.6 and L.9-10.5
  • 18th in a series of 29 lessons that use Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos' Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science as a central text
  • 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 11-page packet includes an overview of the lesson, a step-by-step plan, discussion questions with sample high-quality responses, and a link to the supplemental text
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Common Core