For the Food For Thought Course, GCE Freshmen investigated the following guiding question:

What is the history of food, from center of origin to your table? 

Here’s the scenario students were challenged with:

After the success of their exhibit “Seeds of Change,” The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. is putting together a collection of stories for an exhibit about food, showing how both people and foods have moved around the world since the Agricultural Revolution.  The exhibit will include biographies of specific foods that we all know and love, and trace their journeys throughout history.

To contribute a story to the exhibit, you must choose a food and write its autobiography, which tells the story  of how it got from its original Center of Origin to your dinner plate.

Alignment with Common Core ELA Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

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Food for Thought

How are food systems shaped, and how do they shape the world? In this course, you will be guided through the cycle of life as a metaphor for the trajectory of our global food system. Using food production as a lens, you will study the history of human …


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