“America Eats” is a cross-curricular, collaborative project for all Foothill ninth graders that spotlights questions of nutrition, the American diet, the science and politics of farming, animal and worker treatment, organics, genetically modified foods, and more.
Students focus on critical thinking, collaboration, discussion and debate, and are provided dynamic and interactive communication opportunities during the research, development and delivery phases of the project.
Students work in teams with upper grade peer coaches to debate value-based issues regarding the science and politics affecting the American diet. Through video, readings, research, discussion and debate, students prepare arguments, pro and con, on student-generated “resolutions” on a series of topics. As the culminating activity, students debate a set of resolutions, developed around a topic, as a 12-person student congress. Student participation is evaluated by staff members (during pilot year).
WRITTEN BY ANNA COGSWELL | The Foothill Dragon Press