Teacher Tips and Tools
||When you think of Mexico, what
food comes immediately to mind?
If dining in an Italian restaurant, you would expect to find pasta on the menu.
Why aren't tacos an Italian food?
The foods we eat are determined by our social customs, climate and geography, and economy.
For example, some cultures use insects in their diet.
Check out these yummy recipes!
The diversity of the foods we eat
is reflected in snacks from around the world
Your group works for the Chief of Protocol at the White House. There will be a State Dinner next week and your job is to create an authentic meal from the country (assigned by your teacher). You will be responsible
for developing a nutritionally balanced menu as well as traditional dress for the servers, table settings, and room decorations. You will also be responsible for briefing the President and his staff on the proper method of greeting the visiting dignitaries, specific customs associated with social gatherings, and background about the evolution of customs.
As a group you will plan the menu. In addition, each of you has been assigned a specific role:
Determine which foods are commonly eaten.
costume for servers
Design traditional garb for those serving the meal.
Prepare and set up a typical dining table.
Decorate the East Room in a traditional style.
customs for social gatherings
Brief the President and his staff on acceptable social skills. Each group will briefly present the significance of the foods, table settings, traditional dress, decorations, and etiquette selected. Since your rotation at the White House is almost complete, following the presentations, you must apply for a transfer to one of the countries. As part of your application, you must explain which climactic, social, or geographic reasons affected your decision and why you would be the best person for the position.
Your group will plan a traditional meal encompassing the customs of the country. The significance of the menu items, dress, and decorations will be explained in a 3-5 minute presentation by the group.
Prepare a menu card listing the items for your meal. All the menus will be compiled into a cookbook book which will include recipes, cultural information and illustrations depicting traditional dress and customs.
After the presentations, each person will fill out an application for transfer to one of the countries presented by another group.
The Assessment You will be graded on your daily work on the research process as well as on your final product and presentation.
Daily Assessment Tools
Final Assessment Rubric (Student/Self)
Research Process -
Final Assessment Rubric (Teacher)
Items Used in the Research Process (notes, outline, drafts,works cited, etc.) Final Product -
Reflection Checklist/Scoring Tool
The Research Process
As you look at the task above,
THINK ABOUT ...
What do you already know about the country?
What do you need to know
Step One Continued: Planning
After you have generated your questions, determine which resources you will use to help answer your questions. Consider the scope of the resources you have available and decide what resources will best answer each question.
Remember to record the resources as you locate them so you can return to them if necessary.
Using a graphic organizer will help to keep your information
In this step you will be using a variety of library resources to find answers to your questions.
Tip:If you did not formulate questions in Step 1, go back and do it now. A topic is not a question.
Gather answers from variety of sources:
Sort your research findings by using note cards and a graphic organizer.
Sift through the resources, eliminating those that do not
answer your questions.
|Culturgrams||Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations|
|Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture and Daily Life||Lands and Peoples|
|National Geographic||Peoples and Places|
Your library may also have CD ROM resources such as
The CIA World Fact Book
Check with your librarian for available CDs.
|The Global Gastronomer||Food Guide|
|Library of Congress Country Studies||Excite Travel Page|
|The Lonely Planet||Trip.com|
Check point! It is time to assess your progress.You will need to organize and evaluate your research findings.Work with your group to figure out how much you have learned.
You are looking for insight.
You are trying to "tease" meaning out of fragments. Synthesis requires rearranging pieces of information until a new version emerges.
Now that you have gathered information, stop to evaluate your findings.
What significance do you think ...
Now that you have synthesized your information and evaluated your progress, you are ready to locate additional information to answer your questions and further develop your topic.
Try using a variety of search tools for the Internet. Each search tool will produce a different set of results. Hone your search strategy skills. Use the back button on your browser to return to this page.
Look at your graphic organizer to determine which questions you need to answer. Search for answers to any new questions generated in Step 3.
Return to resources presented in Step 2, if necessary.
Synthesis is the act of pulling your research and ideas together to form a new whole.
Recall your task and review the rubric for your presentation.
As you compare the information on your graphic organizer and the rubric, make sure you have met all of the requirements and decide how you will present your information.
|Use the following chart to help
organize your presentation:
Are you ready to prepare your product?
Gather all of your materials, plan your menu and traditional costume, create your decorations and table setting, and compile your briefing for the President (this is the oral presentation describing the significance of your choices.)
Are you ready to present your product?
|After all presentations have been completed, you must fill out your application for transfer.|