Food Curriculum




Food Diary  (Gretchen Voskuil)
This activity can help students become more aware of their eating habits.  Possibilities for this food diary:  ask students to discuss their habits with each other, to compare their habits with characters from books they are reading, to speculate on what Mark Bittman or Michael Pollan would say about their eating habits, etc.

Summary/Response Research-Based Essay (Gretchen Voskuil)
This writing assignment asks students to read, summarize and analyze and essay, and then offer a well-organized, carefully-researched response.  This assignment is an example of "short" research projects described by Rebecca Moore Howard of The Citation Project.

Multigenre Project: Food and You (Lindsay Jeffers)
Following a food-related theme, students develop a multigenre writing project.

Your Own Modest Proposal (Lindsay Jeffers)
"I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children." Since Swift's proposal deals with hunger, poverty, and class issues, it would fit into a food-based curriculum. Writing a satire to solve problems in the food industry would be an interesting writing prompt, and might be valuable to consider the implications of solving the hunger/food justice problems.