Please follow the format for this page, replacing the sections with your own work. In the title bar at the top, put the title Food Culture. Then, when you begin the page, use your own title, such as Local Food Production in Sheboygan County or Avoiding Food Borne Illnesses. As for the other headings below, please bold those. All your planning and drafting work is to be done as a team in the class Wiki. The final project is to be published on each team member’s blog. It is located on a new page, titled: Food Culture. Set up the page in the order given below. The page must also include the names of all group members in the proper format: First name, last initial.
Here is the rubric for this project.
Title of the report
by Name A, Name B, and Name C (optional: link to your partner’s blogs by turning their name into a link)
The paragraph that goes here gives your reader your main inquiry question and the reason you chose it. Also, in this paragraph, you will explain your research procedures, such as how you collected your resources, your data and your facts. It tells your reader what you hope they will learn. In this paragraph, you write from a personal point of view, so you can use first person pronouns. For example, you might begin this way: We wanted to learn about the nutritional value of our school lunch program. We had a feeling that most of what is served to students at SFHS is not that good for us. Since high fat and sugar content seem to be the main culprits in unhealthy food, we decided to look at the ten most common foods sold in our ala carte line. We used an app that gave us nutritional facts when we scanned the bar codes of these products with a smart phone. Finally, include your thesis. Please bold your thesis statement.
This is where your 4-5 paragraph synthesis report goes. In this section, you must give your facts, your data, your reasons, examples, etc. to back up what you say. Each paragraph needs one main focus/topic sentence that guides it. This section must be written in 3rd person authoritative voice, which means NO “I,” NO “You.” Within this report, you must have your graph or chart.
Optional: Make it hypertext. The links should not be the same as your list of resources/readings below. These links should help your reader with your information (go to images, definitions, explanations, etc.).
What should your paragraphs look like? Each body paragraph should include an introductory sentence (a topic sentence that stands as one of your main points in your argument), your explanations, valid evidence (with sources cited correctly) and concluding sentence. Read the sample research papers on the resources page as models of how to use outside sources. More guidelines are below:
An important part of your analysis is explaining what you mean. You state a claim (say what you think/your opinion), give evidence from a resource (your proof/how you know what you know), and explain your reasoning. It is your job to make your thinking clear to your reader. Your evidence cannot stand alone. In other words, you cannot “plop” in a phrase from a book and expect it to explain itself.
Using Evidence from a Text
The “tricky” part is weaving your evidence into your writing. But once you learn a few “rules,” this will not be hard at all.
- Set up any evidence by introducing it. Give the reader whatever context information is necessary, such as who said it, when, and why.
- Never end a paragraph with a quotation. Always end in your own words.
- The majority of your paragraph or essay must be your writing/your words. Use evidence to prove your claims, but do not overdo it. A good ratio is 2/3 (your own writing) to 1/3 (borrowed). Remember, use only what you need when you include evidence from the text.
- When you weave in a quotation or a paraphrase, the sentence you end up with must be a complete, grammatically correct sentence.
- When you use quotation marks to set off text, periods or commas go inside. When you show what page the evidence came from, put only the number of the page in parentheses. The period for the sentence goes after the parentheses. You should always use page numbers when they are available to you. Even if you paraphrase the text, you still give page numbers.
- Example for quotation: The author writes “idea goes here” (245). Example for paraphrase: The author says that the idea goes here (245).
- More model phrases.
About your visual argument (chart/graph). Whatever data you represent in the visual argument must be collected on your own (or taken from approved sources, such as the class survey). You MAY not simply copy and paste a graph or chart from the internet. Use the Create A Graph website. When you’re done, click download and choose jpeg. This image must be saved in one group member’s h drive. Directions for putting an image on your wiki page are on the wiki. When this image is placed on the report page, you need to introduce it in the text of your document. For example, you might write, the following graph represents the number of SFHS students who ___. We surveyed our — period class, 28 SFSH 9th graders to get this data.
End the argument with a conclusion paragraph which restates the authors’ positions and includes a thematic statement that appeals to readers’ values.
Works Cited (goes at the end of the page)
In this section, you need to list the articles/resources you used for your report. Use EasyBib for the correct MLA citation. The list should go in alphabetical order (based on the first letter in the citation).
Additional Readings (Optional)
In this section, you will link to 4-5 web resources (websites, online articles, data, reports, studies, etc.) To list a resource here, you must have read it first. After each link, write a one sentence description of what the reader will find there. Be sure to include the source of the article also. An example follows.
Fake Link to Article on School that Serves Healthy Food: This article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is about Jane Lunchlady, the food service director for AnySchool and her quest to provide students only high quality food.
Reflection (A separate post)
This blog post is to be a personal conclusion to your report. Each person in your group will write his/her own. Instead of being a typical conclusion, this reflection tells your reader what you’ve learned through your reading and research. You might focus on some aspect of your research that really changed how you think and therefore changed how you will act (your habits) in the future. For example, for this fictional report, you might conclude that you will begin bringing your own healthy lunch from home, but that you will also write a letter to the school board that includes your data about the amount of fat and sugar in many of the ala carte items. In the letter you urge the school board to mandate healthier breakfast and lunch foods for all district students. As with your introduction, this paragraph should be written in first person, as it is a personal reflection.