It hit 102° in the bungalow; one row over experienced 105°. I changed the lesson plan's focus from mercantilism to the Triangular Trade and tried to use the heat to empathize with the plight of the enslaved people being transported in the infamous Middle Passage. I read aloud from Haley's Roots, showed them a clip of the suffering and fear on board, passed around a giant poster showing how to cram as many humans as possible into the ship's hold--and I think they got it. Today they jigsaw-read a primary source by Olaudah Equiano, a captured African who lived through this hellish journey. Tonight they write a persuasive letter to King George to either humanize the Middle Passage, ban slavery, or continue it since it is vital to the economy, using the book, text, film, and memoir for support of their stance. We shall see what they are made of.