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April 2013: Farming and Food Production

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Exercise 1C: Write It Down—Conversationally Speaking
One of the strengths of Farmed Out is the dialogue between the characters. Good dialogue makes characters seem real and believable to us. If it’s done well, dialogue can make a scene more vivid and realistic—like watching a movie. Here are some links to learn more about writing good dialogue.

Exercise 2B: Making Meaning—Two-Column Note-Taking
Note-taking is the best way of keeping track of important information as you learn it. In this activity, you’ll be flexing your note-taking muscles in preparation for writing a persuasive speech.

Exercise 3B: Thinking Critically—Using Multiple Texts for Research
GMOs are bad, bad, bad. Aren’t they? Wait. This scientist is saying they yield more food, and are a good way to feed starving people around the world. But then, this group over here is screaming that genetic modification creates Frankenfoods. But…hang on…what? We’ve already been genetically modifying our foods for thousands of years? (But, so, okay…but what about the neon green pigs they made in that lab in Taipei? That’s not right.) Here are some backgrounder articles on genetically modified foods.

Exercise 3C: Which Side Are You On—Persuasive Writing
You’ve read about genetically modified foods, and you’re familiar with both sides of the issue. In this exercise, you’ll use your notes to plan and write a persuasive speech that convinces the audience that your point is valid.

Curriculum Outcomes

BC Grade 6

BC Grade 7

BC Grade 8

Ontario Grade 6

Ontario Grade 7

Ontario Grade 8

Common Core Grade 6

Common Core Grade 7

Common Core Grade 8