Since geography is not a priority of standardized tests, it is not a priority in our curriculum. However, in a time of global economy, where people from all over the world will be determining our students’ jobs and commodities, it is time to change Americans’ lack of knowledge of the places and people of the world. This assignment, with research, the creation of a presentation, cooking, critiquing, and writing a sonnet, covers a lot of student centered content and process.
* Students will research the content and location of a particular place and culture.
* Students will create a meal from a culture unfamiliar to their own.
* Students will collect art and music from that culture to share with peers.
* Students will learn the structure of the sonnet, and create one using the rules.
* Students will create an experience of another culture for the class.
* Students will develop vocabulary to specifically validate their judgments of the various foods.
* Students will evaluate various aspects of a complex assignment.
This is a good assignment for before Christmas; it combines festivity and critical thinking. After two weeks of carefully tasting and talking about food, students can engage their family in conversations around family meals. Many even choose to prepare their dish for their families.
This lesson contains the following:
1 . A detailed, step by step description of what students do.
2. Links to, “How to Write a Sonnet”.
3. Handouts: The Food PowerPoint; Food Review Formula; Final Evaluation and Narrative Assignment.
4. Ideas for grading and assisting, and peer editing. A formula for figuring out how many stars a dish gets.
5. A reflection activity.
6. Follow-up activities
Time: 2-3 weeks. The time consuming part is the presentations. For larger classes you will want to encourage students to work in pairs; still you may have 8-10 hours of presentations.
* Introduce the assignment (10-15 minutes)
* Sonnet Lesson (20 minutes to introduce; 1+ hours to write; use homework time)
* Student presentations and evaluations (20-30 minutes each)
* Explain food review (10 minutes)
* Final assessment and narrative. (1 hour of class or homework time.)
16 pages (but 5 pages of explanation of philosophy and teaching format) 8 full pages