7-8 Organic Foods Task

CTE Areas of Study: Agriculture

Standards & Objectives

Essential and guiding questions: 
  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of organic produce listed in the text(s)?
  • Summarize the findings of the Stanford University study referenced in both texts.
  • According to Stephanie Watson, what are some alternatives to purchasing organic foods? What “organic rationale” does each alternative align to?
  • Which “organic rationale” mentioned in Watson’s article does Sarah Toland argue is the main reason consumers want to purchase organic food? What evidence in the text led you to your conclusion?

Activity/Task Variations

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Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers: Consider pre-teaching synonyms of difficult vocabulary words. Lower-level readers and ELL students can still be challenged without being overloaded with difficulty. This strategy can also be used to differentiate for stronger readers by introducing new, and more challenging, vocabulary. Struggling readers would also benefit from visual aids to illustrate many of the ideas presented. Pictures, diagrams, and charts alongside the text will go far to aide students as they dissect the article(s).