World of Food$60
About this course
Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 10-17. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.
Start Date: June 1. Course consists of 4 lesson plans. No live classes- view lessons on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! You have until August 17 to complete the course. Enroll after June 1, and you’ll receive class access information within 48 hours of enrolling. Final reports will be issued on August 18. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 17.
The World of Food will take students on a journey around the globe. Instead of using a plane or a train, we will be zipping around the world and through history on the backs of some of people’s favorite foods. Food can tell us much about history and other cultures. Food preferences, regional specialties, delicacies, and ingredients tell us so much about other humans. Furthermore, “breaking bread” has become synonymous with bonding with strangers or even enemies over a meal, and sharing a meal with someone is one of the best ways to learn more about them. In addition to the history of these important foods, we will be discussing crucial historical and cultural elements that have contributed to the spread of food across the planet, such as agricultural revolutions and globalization. Plus, each week you’ll have the opportunity to make a recipe about our food of the week!
Week 1 – Bread:
We begin the class with one of the most basic and widespread foods in the world. Bread was the lifeblood of the ancient world, and it is still consumed by nearly every culture in the world. It is such an important staple that “breaking bread” is a phrase that has been used to explain getting to know someone better over a meal for thousands of years. This week will be focused largely on the ancient world and the ways in which bread helped create civilization as we know it.
Week 2 – Pizza:
The second week of the course explores one of the most popular foods around: pizza. We will be looking into the history of pizza, starting with the first pizza-like foods from the ancient world and moving into the twentieth century and the popularization of modern pizzas. In addition to the food’s history, we will explore globalization and the ways that pizza changed as it spread across the world. (Please note: This is the same pizza class that was offered as a 1 week course in May 2020)
Week 3 – Tea and Sugar:
Tea is a drink consumed around the world. It has been used to purify water for safe consumption, meal times have been based around it, and wars have been fought because of it. When sugar became more widely available in Europe as a result of the large sugar plantations in the Caribbean after the discovery of the New World, sugar and tea quickly became staple foods. As a quick and cheap way to get energy for the rest of the day, both foods were consumed by a wide variety of people from all walks of life. The history of the two will be examined, and we will explore the cruel processes by which sugar production expanded to the point of offering the world such an important additive.
Week 4 – Tomatoes:
The last week of the course will be much more embedded in the modern world than the other weeks. The Old World did not have access to tomatoes until after the discovery of the New World. Though the food took some time to gain popularity due to certain areas of Europe believing it to be poisonous for decades after its discovery, it rapidly became consumed with a variety of other foods. The brief history of the tomato in the Old World will be a focal point of the final week, but we will also be looking at modern farming methods and how tomatoes are produced today.
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 4 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.
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.