Make sure the pieces integrate together—to create an overall story on a consumable item (remember, the story is not about a business/company). You’ll need an introduction and conclusion that gives a reader a sense of how the pieces tie together.
Please note these content areas are to be written/presented in order that makes sense for your project, which will not be in the order listed. Also note that there may be overlap between the parts depending on how you cover them so though it may seem like a lot you may be knock out two or three at a time.
Connect to concepts and specific themes in the class- How do your findings connect to themes we have learned in the class? Successfully define and apply at least three class concepts related topics. Cite particular readings and videos we learned in class. Listen in class and review Canvas online schedule for potential ways to connect themes to be Story of Food. This is the most important part of the assignment and should be integrated throughout the presentation. Note that class concepts should be addressed in the interactive component (see below).
Examples of class concepts you might integrate into your project:
Personal and/or societal historical significance
Why did you choose this item? How does it impact your life?
History could an important part of this depending on the nature of the product; you may want to consider how technological innovations may have changed the nature of this product and how the product may have shaped or been shaped by the cultural/political landscape.
These are topics you may want to cover at the beginning of the presentation/commentary to give context and build interest for your audience/readers.
Give some sense of the process and the relevant steps in this item’s “life cycle”:
Transportation may be an interesting piece of this. You may choose to highlight one or more of these but keep in mind you do not want to get too technical with the mechanical process of a complex item. This is not an engineering class. Focus on economic and social themes here.
This should connect with process. What issues does the cultivation/extraction, processing, production, consumption, disposal have for human communities? Social issues could relate to:
For all these questions, the focus should be on the product itself and not general company activities/ policy/mission.
This will likely connect with social/community/social dimensions. What kind of ecological impact does the extraction/cultivation, production, distribution, consumption, disposal of the item have on the earth? Again, you need to focus on the product itself and not general company activities/ policy/mission.
How might the content areas above, especially the human dignity and environmental issues, compare with other substitutes/related products? Consider covering an alternative that may attempt to address some of these issues you discuss. For example, fair trade chocolate in the chocolate example addressing child labor issues.
(see “written requirements” below for full description):
The way most students in the past have made it interactive is to construct three questions that could be used to make your presentation more interactive. All of these questions need to relate to class themes.
Write some justification regarding each question that describes why this question is important to you AND how it relates to a core element of your presentation. Three sentence minimum of justification for each question.
You only need to include one question in your oral presentation
If you have other ideas that would make your presentation interactive, feel free to substitute for questions as long as you have a clear justification.
Include a paragraph that addresses the following questions:
Make sure you consider the CRAAP test and discussion in class on evaluating scientific information and interpreting data.
Consult and cite at least three peer reviewed articles/scholarly sources. See Dr. Brock if you have questions on what constitutes a peer reviewed/scholarly source.
You need a variety of sources. (viz., You cannot solely rely on resources from the company /producer)
Make sure you cite all articles, books, websites, or email communication that you incorporated into your report using correct APA formatting. Do not just cut and paste weblinks with no associated information.
See https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/05/ for specific formatting details.
You need to include all relevant information on each reference citation so I can follow up on your research.
Purpose: To provide more detailed information about your research process and findings, as your presentation is too short to provide all of the necessary information.
Length: Minimum of eight pages, 12 point font, 1” inch margins, double spaced not including your bibliography. For students presenting as a group, each individual student must contribute the equivalent of eight pages for WI credit.
Overall Structure: similar to written component (minus sharing challenges and opportunities with the research)
Length: 5-7 minutes PowerPoint presentation for individual presentation, or 9-13 minutes for two or three students on one project
(You may include a 1 minute or shorter video if it is central to your presentation.)
Content: You will have limited time and will NOT be able to cover all of the information that you research and documented in your written commentary. Please choose what you share orally wisely.
Audience engagement: Creativity! Emotion! Humor!
Using eye contact, passion, and questions for your audience, create an interactive environment.
Professionalism: Preparedness, organization, appropriate length, visual appeal, and relevance of information
It is more fun if you pick an item that you really enjoy or choose not to consume for a particular reason. Your enthusiasm will show! It is also more enjoyable for your classmates if you can bring in an example of your item. If it is a food item, perhaps you can share some with the class. Or, as an alternative, you could bring in a visual or a sample. Be creative with the ways you make your presentation engaging!
It is possible that for some items there is not a lot of specific information available. You may not be able to find specific answers to these questions, but that may, in fact, be part of the story. Speculation is encouraged when you cannot find specific answers. For example: if you chose a mango from Brazil, perhaps you can find information about the Brazil mango industry in general. If you chose the cheese in a frozen pizza, you may be able to find out specifics on the company that made the pizza and where they source their various ingredients.
Make sure to make connections and integrate the required components into a cohesive project.
There are several examples posted on Canvas, you are encouraged to look at them to further understand what an excellent project looks like. Be sure to especially focus on the chocolate example.