My Senior English students need 60 copies of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.
I teach English to seniors at a charter school. This year I want to incorporate more nonfiction into the curriculum.
Having served students in Harlem and Brooklyn for nearly a decade, I have firsthand experience with a ‘growing’ concern for many Americans. Everyday, I see the effects on students who consume a daily intake of fast food meals, sugary drinks and salty snacks. Obesity is becoming almost as serious as its future heart attack. With health care reform the leading topic in today’s politics, I realized educating young adults to not only make healthy eating choices but also to demand healthy food options in their communities can help curb the leading illnesses associated with obesity: diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.
Dr. Aviva Must, a researcher and professor and Tufts University School of Medicine, emphasized the link between salary and obesity. “States with a more educated population have lower obesity rates than states with a less educated population.” This was my light-bulb moment. Although I am an English teacher and not a health teacher, I knew there is something I could to do. I could TEACH young adults to know what is in the processed foods so many rely on for nourishment. Education always really is about awareness. For my nonfiction unit on Ethical Issues in America, I want the students to read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.
Your help will empower my students to demand more whole grains and to access fresh fruit in their communities.
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|The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Michael Pollan • Barnes and Noble||$10.40||60||$624.00|
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