August 16, 2016

Hunger & Food Security Curriculum Unit

Hungered Food SecurityPROJECT NAME:

Finding Solutions to Hunger

AGE LEVEL:  10-19 (middle/secondary)

LENGTH OF UNIT: 5 weeks

SUBJECT AREAS: English Language Arts, Social Studies, World Geography

UNIT DESCRIPTION

To take action against hunger in the world, through understanding and action, is the ultimate goal. Building a network of collaboration, shared knowledge and service happens over time as students study the following concepts, among others, through reading, artistic expression, digital media and writing and reflecting.

  1.      Why people are hungry
  2.      Nutritional needs of children and adults
  3.      Distribution of food and resources
  4.      Cultural differences in food consumption
  5.      Eating the way the world eats
  6.       What is chronic hunger and what is famine
  7.      Problems of obesity
  8.      Importance of female education
  9.       Media messages of food and hunger
  10.       Sustainability
  11.      Why people are hungry when there is enough food in the world for everyone

Students of all ages, grade levels and English speaking/writing skills bring their strengths and ideas in collaboration with another. Activities, readings and tasks can be adjusted at any point in the coursework to meet the language/classroom needs of teachers and students.

Week 1 –  What do we know about hunger? What do we need to learn?
Week 2 – Who is hungry in our world? How widespread is hunger?
Week 3 – Is there enough food in the world? Why are people hungry?
Week 4 – Eating the Way the World Eats
Week 5 – What can we do to help?

 

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

Driving Question:  Why are people hungry when there is enough food in the world for everyone to live a sustained and healthy life?

  • What do we know about hunger?  What do we need to learn?
  • Who is hungry in our world?  How widespread is hunger?
  • Is there enough food in the world?  Why are people hungry?
  • What can we do to help?
EXAMPLES OF FINAL OUTCOMES
  1. Host a hunger banquet as an all-school event/fundraiser. Create posters and videos of all that students have learned and present these to the community.  Use admission funds to micro-finance KIVA loans and grants to those who are directly involved in sustaining food growth and availability in the world.
  2. If you have the technological resources, create Public Service Announcements that can be uploaded to YouTube for public domain availability. Use all the knowledge, factual and narrative, that students have learned over the five weeks of the course. Encourage them to share their videos with each other, or explore opportunities for exposure that is appropriate for your school community.
CONTENT STANDARDS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Content Standards:

The following evidential content standards are reflected in each week’s lessons and accompanying activities.

  • Integrate
 and
 evaluate
 content presented
 in diverse formats
 and media, including visually andquantitatively,
 as well as words.
  • Students
 will 
learn 
about 
famine 
and
 analyze
 a
 situation 
in 
which 
lack of 
access
 to 
food
 is 
reported 
to 
be 
caused 
by
 political 
forces 
in 
some 
writings 
and
 environmental 
forces 
in 
others.

  • Integrate
 visual
 information (e.g.,in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and
 digital texts.
  • Students
 will
 post
 in
 the discussion forum for the Finding Solutions to Hunger, Poverty & Inequality (FSHPI) project, sharing both expository and narrative ideas and reflection to build collaboration with students in other schools, communities and countries.
  • Students
 might create “Hunger
 Journal” where
 they
 will record feelings,
 draft letters,
 compose stories and poems,and collect ideas for community action.
  • Students
 will organize their findings
 and ideas
 to create an online book, podcast, or
 multimedia video.

Sustainable Development Goals:

# 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

 

PROJECT’S CONTRIBUTION TO OTHERS AND THE PLANET

Participants will become inspired with compassion and hope about finding solutions to hunger. They will understand that hunger is not about scarcity. It is about distribution. By working together, they can eliminate forces that undermine self-reliance and create a more just and sustainable world with equitable sharing of resources.

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