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unit 2
17 Instructional days (17 hours)

Researching Consequences and Stakeholders of Michael Pollan’s Four Food Chains


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.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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