“How Salt Shook an Empire” – Responsibility

Students learn about civil disobedience and social responsibility throughout their school years, and the life of Mahatma Gandhi is a great introduction to this topic. To begin this unit, I first read the informational text How Salt Shook an Empire by Sara Wilson Etienne, which brings a complex topic down to younger readers’ levels. After reading the text, I would introduce the Benjamin Franklin conversation and ask students to identify the ways that Gandhi and his followers lived by Franklin’s advice.

Level:  Elementary Social Studies or English/Language Arts

Subject Area:  World History

Author:  Tiffany Heitman



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