History of Food: World of PIZZA!

History of Food: World of PIZZA!


About this course

This class will be an introduction to the full History of Food course that will begin fall 2020!

Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 10-17. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.

Start Date: April 7. Students have until April 21 to finish the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.

Price: $15

Space Available: This class is not currently open for enrollment. Please join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens again.


World of Pizza is the introductory course that leads into a course being produced for the 2021 school year.

This one week class explores history, anthropology, and the globalized world through the lens of food, and in the case of this particular class, that food is pizza!

This course will examine the history of this global food, and from there, we will be analyzing how the food spread throughout the world and became one of the most popular dishes in the world. The versatility of pizza means that different cultures place their own unique spin on it. That spin has created new pizza types and toppings that would be unrecognizable to the people in the ancient world who first started putting ingredients on flatbread.

This class will also offer an optional culinary assignment, so budding young chefs or even students new to the kitchen can try their hand at making their very own pizza!

Join us on this adventure through the history and the globalization of one of the world’s favorite foods!

This is class is not recommended for most children under 10 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). There will be only one level for this course.

LESSON PLAN: This is a 1 week class. Students have 2 weeks to complete all work. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.

Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them.

MATERIALS: There are no required materials for this course, but any extra materials a student may need to complete an assignment are optional and up to the student.

DISCUSSION: There will be discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!

ASSIGNMENTS: Students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity and analytical reasoning skills to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All submitted assignments will receive instructor feedback.

QUIZZES: Online quizzes will be provided as a tool for students to test and build reading comprehension skills. Formatting for quizzes is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.

GRADES:  All quizzes and online assessments automatically receive a grade in the system. You have the option of having your student’s individual projects graded or not (all assignments receive instructor feedback). Report cards are issued at the end of the course- one for ungraded students and one for graded students. These mean nothing other than for your own records or reporting purposes. We do not maintain copies.

TIME: In general, expect 1-2 hours to work through the lesson plan, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).


Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.

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