Sunday, October 21, 2012

Curriculum Ideas for Food Day, October 24

Lesson for Food Day, October 24

I thought the following poem, one of my favorites, could be coupled with the following video, introduced to me by my talented colleague, Mrs. Ahuva Mantell. The video was made by Chipotle and is called "Back to the Start":

God's Grandeur

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;        5
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;        10
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

I'm also planning to ask my AP English Language students to debate whether food manufacturers have a responsibility to let consumers know if food is genetically modified.

Speaking of the AP English Language exam, here's a link to an AP English Language exam essay question on locavores and sample essays in response to that question:

Finally, here's a link to a New York Times blog about some ideas for a better food label:

Happy Food Day! Remember to tweet your #eatreal ideas and to check out for more information about what food day is all about!

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