Food is a basic preoccupation of every human society.
But it is much more than the nourishment that keeps our bodies going:
every culture has incorporated food into its traditions and religions,
and special dishes have become important components of cultural identity.
Food is an interesting point of convergence for physical and cultural
geographers because of the unique patterns of biological and agricultural
development in human history. Most of the foods we eat did not originate
in the place where we live. In this unit, students will focus on the
following key questions in these areas:
This unit is only a beginning for students to delve into these areas.
In addition to their content research, students will receive language
input and produce output on crucial Advanced level language functions
such as detailed descriptions, comparisons, and past narration, in addition
to recycling lower-level functions (e.g., asking information questions).
- Where do the foods we commonly eat come from? How did they come
to be a part of our diet?
- What happens when new foods are adopted into a culture?
- What role does food play in culture, religion, and the human imagination?