Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 2

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In this unit, students research in order to help them make a decision to answer this question: Which of Michael Pollan’s four food chains would best feed the United States? They make a decision to answer this question by researching the consequences and stakeholders of each food chain. Students use The Omnivore’s Dilemma as a starting point to identify the consequences of each of the food chains. They work in research teams to create a Cascading Consequences chart for each food chain that begins with consequences listed in the text; then they expand their research and consequences by searching for appropriate articles and resources through a child-safe search engine. Teams then use their cascading consequences to identify the stakeholders who will be affected by the consequences, and from there determine which food chain they would choose to feed the United States. At the end of the unit, students present a position speech answering the question.

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