Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 7

Class members examine the images Arson and Budhos use to depict the working conditions on the sugar plantations and consider how these images support the arguments the writers present in Sugar Changed the World.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Project the first three images and have individuals record their responses before conducting a whole class discussion
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 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 seventh in a 28 lesson unit designed to directly address Common Core reading and writing standards for grade 9
Pros
  • The images show that little has changed since the eighteenth century in terms of conditions for cane workers
  • The 16-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion questions with sample responses, a template for the image analysis tool, and a template key
Cons
  • None