Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 5

What did the Crusades and plantations have to do with the global spread of sugar? As class members continue their study of Sugar Changed the World, they examine how Crusaders brought sugar to Western Europe and how cultivating sugar led to the development of plantations and refineries.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members continue to add to the spread of sugar map
  • Create a second map and have groups research and map the routes of the Crusades
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 fifth in a 28 lesson unit designed to directly address Common Core reading and writing standards for grade 9
  • The 10-page packet includes a detailed plan, discussion question with model responses, and a template for the Sugar Production Tool
  • All the lessons in the unit follow the same format
Common Core