Determining Cascading Consequences Using The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Industrial Food Chain

Which of Michael Pollan's four food chains from his book The Omnivore's Dilemma would best feed everyone in the United States? Using a thought-provoking resource, scholars learn how to create a Cascading Consequences chart to answer the question. Partners use excerpts from the book to complete the chart and consider the consequences of the industrial food chain.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils complete an additional consequence chart based on a topic of choice
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the first of 17 consecutive lessons from the Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 2 series
  • Find an image of a waterfall to display to demonstrate the meaning of cascading
  • Provide a copy of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma for each pair of students
Pros
  • Provides strategies for supporting English learners
  • Includes a sample Cascading Consequences chart 
Cons
  • None
Common Core