Growing Organic, Eating Organic April 22, 2012
Our fast "food" display is now 2 years old. The word food is questionable, since the bread-like and meat-like substances have not molded or spoiled in any way. Bugs won't even bother with it. Please think twice about giving this to your kids. You have a choice, but they don't. We truly are what we eat. — from LiveWell Wellness Centers.

Mummified 14-year-old hamburger found in man's coat pocket:
Should outside sources be allowed to mandate, regulate, or influence an individual’s personal dietary choices?
After reading scholarly texts, researching government databases, and analyzing documentaries, write an argumentative essay that addresses the essential question, supporting your position with evidence from the texts and non-print sources. Acknowledge competing views. Give examples from past and current events or issues to illustrate and clarify your position.
Pre-Unit Activity: Calorie Counter

Reading for Writing: Helpful guide for reading for writing assignments.
Reading to Write: Practical suggestions for reading strategies before, during, and after reading; before, during, and after writing.

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  • Identify words, structures, and details that help reveal author’s purpose, audience, the context in which it was written, and the tone of the writing.
  • Identify the central argument presented by the text, then work in small groups to brainstorm competing arguments.
  • Consider contemporary examples of the same scene described in the novel, relating the passage to current issues. These will be shared in large group.

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Documentary Notes Organizer

Select one of the articles below and complete the SOAPSSS Chart.
Vocabulary Semantic Map:
FDA Website/Database
United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library

Nutella is not Broccoli
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Poll Ranks Evansville Metro Area as Most Obese in the Nation
The Attack on Tacos Continues
Norway's "Obesity Tax"
New York City Passes Trans Fat Ban
The Food Chains that Link Us All
The Food Movement, Rising
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Heart Attack Cafe
Meat Grown in Lab May Yield First "Test Tube Burger"
New York Health Board Approves Ban on Large Sodas
Salt, Sugar, Fat: NPR Book Excerpt
How Food Companies Exploit Americans with Ingredients that are Banned in Other Countries

TED Talks: Jamie Oliver, 2010

Locate a scholarly article related to the essential question and upload it to the Student Articles Webpage. Include the link, MLA citation, and brief summary of the content.
MLA Citiation Guide: Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Student Articles Webpage

Analyze the Rhetorical Strategies Inherent in the Restaurant Industry

Eight Psychological Tricks of Restaurant Menus

Each group will be responsible for submitting a written analysis of one of the aspects listed below. Do not only include WHAT you find, but WHY you think the restaurant uses them. WHO is the intended audience, and HOW do you know?

Restaurant location, signs, overall building design
Employees, uniforms/dress, actions
Service, cups/glasses, dishes, napkins
Food, menus, featured items, prices
Décor (including restrooms)
Slogans (Advertising)

iPhone, iPad, and Android Apps: My Fitness Pal Provides dietary information for 1,829,000 food and restaurant items.

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Planning an Effective Essay

Toulmin Schema

Writing a Thesis Statement in Three Steps:
1. Make the topic specific
2. Continue with a debatable phrase
3. Explain the significance to the audience
Exactly who?
How many?
Which ones?
does not...
should not...
, providing that...
, resulting in...
, making us doubt...
, reminding us that...
Salazar, Ray. "If You Teach or Write 5-Paragraph Essays, Stop It!" The White Rhino: A Chicago Latino English Teacher. 10 May 2012. Web. 24 May 2012.
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Works Cited Scavenger Hunt: Trade your paper with another student and try to find the sources. Consult the Purdue OWL and help each other with works cited list and citation in paper. *Remember alphabetical order, hanging indent, cite the first word in the citation in your text.

Parenthetical Documentation Guide:
A Closer Look At Your Writing: Directions for closely editing your writing. Paste your paper into Paperrater, edit paper by fixing errors, strengthen word choice, lengthen or vary sentence types. Then upload it again and try to increase your point value.
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Gates Literacy Design Collaborative Templates: Use these examples to create your own essential question, create your own wiki page with images, videos, and annotated links to articles used to write formal paper addressing the question. Use the same scoring guide and incorporate at least three sources into your paper.

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