Happy National Food Day
! For this year's celebration, I am taking a break from my five year project
of blogging about "Food, Inc.
" on this day. It's only a slight break, as I am instead writing about a movie my students have been able to use for extra credit in addition to the assignment on "Food, Inc.," "King Corn."
I created the worksheet below because the YouTube uploads of "Food, Inc." I have used for my students while they take my courses remotely were blocked in the U.S., something I expected would happen eventually. However, the upload of "King Corn" remained, so I used two existing worksheets for inspiration, rewriting some of the questions and substituting my own for the rest to cover topics I found more important. As soon as I completed it, I found a new upload of "Food, Inc." at watchdocumentaries.com
that I could use, so I didn't have to change the assignment or the test questions based on it (The site also has a upload
of Chasing Ice
so I can continue using that film as well as long as the pandemic
persists). Still, I'm an environmentalist, so I won't waste what I made. I substituted the "King Corn" worksheet below for the original extra credit opportunity, a one-page essay worth 8 points. The students have a structured assignment worth two more points out of all this!
Enough introduction. Here's the assignment.
In this lab session, you will watch King Corn
(Available on Amazon
. If you don't have Amazon, there is an uploaded version on YouTube
), the Peabody Award winning 2007 movie directed by Aaron Woolf about best friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis and what they learned about the food system when they returned to the small Iowa town where two of their great-grandfathers lived to grow corn. As you watch the movie, answer the questions beginning on the next page. After the video is over, find the best examples you saw from the show of each of the five concepts below and write them in the blanks on this page. You must answer all questions, including the ones on this page, for the full ten points. The five questions below are worth one point total. Questions 1-18 are worth nine points total, one-half-point each.
A value expressed and a decision made based on that value.
Everything is connected to everything else.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Everything must go somewhere.
Nature knows best.
Program description from IMDB
: King Corn
is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn
, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.
(Follow over the jump for the rest of the worksheet.)