A WebQuest for Grades 7-9

Created by

Danielle de Gregory

 

Introduction/ Task/ Process/ Evaluation/ Conclusion/Credits/ Teacher's Page

 

Introduction 

Every time my family sat down to a delicious pasta dinner my full-bloodied Sicilian father would always say, Thank God for the Chinese and Thank God for Marco Polo.  When I was a small child I just let it go over my head, until one day I finally asked, Why should we all be thankful to the Chinese for this great Italian dinner?  It was then that I learned to my amazement that the Chinese were the first to create pasta, and Italy was not introduced to this delicious and nutrious food until Marco Polo brought it back from his travels to China.  My amazement continued as my mother informed me that Ireland had no potatoes until after Spanish Explorers brought it back from the New World after 1580 A.D.

     In this WebQuest, you will be studying the geography of food.  You will research a specific country's basic diet in relation to its geography.  Also,you will research historical incidents that led to a change in dietary habits as in the above example of the potato arriving in Ireland after 1580 A.D.  Student's will also focus on cultural effects on diet.

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The Task

Each Group will pick a country to research. Your groups goal is to create a report discussing how the geography of that country affects the cultivation and preparation of foods.  Information should be given about how that countries diet has changed (or remained the same) over time.  You will  create a menu for a typical family's weekly diet, clearly delineating how foods are acquired and prepared. 

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The Process

Students will be assigned to groups of four who will research a country of their choosing.  As a group you will decide which country you would like to research.  Before you make your final decision, all members should look at the following websites to make sure you will be able to find out the information needed on the country you choose.

Agropolis Museum

Culinary History Timeline

The Food Timeline: International Cuisines

Sally's Place:  Focus on Ethnic Cuisine

Global Gourmet

After choosing your country, you will each take one of the following positions:

In order to successfully complete this assignment each group will

In order to successfully complete this assignment each individual will

A scoring rubric is included in the Evaluation section.

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Evaluation

Students will be evaluated according to the following rubrics.

Rubric for Group Work

Level of Accomplishment Beginning  Developing Accomplished Score
(Highest Possible Score=10)
Group Paper
60%
2 points

Information given on eating habits of nation in relation to geography is general and undefined.  Little information is given about historic eating habits.  Menu did not contain a full weeks worth of meals.  Poor use of grammar and many spelling mistakes.

4 points

Information given on eating habits of nation in relation to geography is detailed and specific.  Information concerning historic eating habits is given.  Menu contains a full week's worth of meals. Some grammar and spelling mistakes.

6 points

Information given on eating habits of nation in relation to geography is in depth, highly detailed and specific.  Information concerning historic eating habits is highly detailed and relates to historical changes.  Menu contains a full week's worth of meals and is detailed. Proper use of grammar and minimal spelling errors.

Maximum 6 points
Group Presentation
40%
1.5 points

Presentation is superfiicial in nature, poorly organized  and poorly articulated.

2.5 points

Presentation is detailed, organized well and  articulation is satisfactory.

4 points

Presentation displays an in depth analysis, excellent organization and are well articulated.

Maximum 4 points

Scoring Rubric for Individual Project Report

Level of Accomplishment Beginning Developing Accomplished Score
(Highest Possible Score=10)
Content
60%
2 points

Project report contains superficial detail of students responsibilities and evaluation of group work.

4 points

Project report contains satisfactory details of students responsibilities and evaluation of group work.

6 points

Project report contains in-depth details of student responsibilities and evaluation of group work.

Maximum 6 points
Organization and Grammar
40%
1.5 points

Report is poorly organized and contains many grammar and spelling mistakes.

2.5 points

Report display satisfactory organization and contains some grammar and spelling mistakes.

4 points

Report displays excellent organization and proper use of grammar and spelling.

Maximum 4 points


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Conclusion

The typical diet of all peoples is greatly influenced by the geography of the land where they live.  Over time, historic changes such as human exploration and development have influenced the diet of many nations.  After completing this WebQuest, you should be able to analyze a nation's diet in relation to its geography, identify historic changes to that diet, and construct a typical menu for a family living in that nation.

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