Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 2

The role that scholars at Jundi Shapur, "The World's First True University," played in the spread of sugar across the world is the focus of the second lesson in a unit about how writers develop their central ideas and use evidence to support their arguments. Additionally, class members examine how writers use images and the Notes and Sources section to supplement the information in the text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Enlarge and laminate the sugar map for reuse
  • Have class members plot the movement on the wall map as they continue reading about the movement of sugar across the world
Classroom Considerations

  • 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 second 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
  • The template for the map is available on page 14 of the teacher reference full module
Pros

  • The 17-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion questions with model responses, as well as templates for the map and the image analysis tool
Cons

  • None
Common Core