For the past four weeks, my class has been studying and discussing GMO’s and the food we intake. We realized that not many people are aware of what they are really eating. We decided to make a survey asking several questions about the audience’s background, decision making when it comes to picking food and what they eat. We also asked them what a GMO is to see how many people actually have a good understanding on what it is. It took a while to come up with all the questions but after a long discussion with my classmates we came up with several qualitative and quantitative questions.
Students posted the survey in social media and other websites with hope that we could reach out to a lot of people to take our survey. I also even took a picture of the website and shared it with my co-workers at Chipotle. We had a total of 208 responses, most of them being Ms. Priester’s friends. For all I know, most of my friends didn’t respond to the survey. Sad, but only shows that most of my friends don’t care about what they eat.
The survey results showed that most of the people who took our survey are well aware of what GMOs are, overall make good decisions, and have pretty good eating habits. Yeah, most of the people who took the survey are White. But that only tells us that next time we do something like this, we need to try to reach a more diverse audience. Maybe if we do, the results would be different. And overall, doing this activity was pretty fun. I enjoyed seeing what other people take in consideration when picking the food they eat. It was also fun to work with my class on even just making the survey. As a result of all this I have learned a lot. Starting with teamwork skills. Mostly because we have to work together on coming up with the questions.
Rosa is going into her senior year at San Pasqual Academy. She enjoys MMA and currently works at Chipotle.
During the last two weeks English 12, We been learning about food politics. We watched two movies GMO OMG and Fed Up. We had to do sketchnotes. Ms. Priester gave us links to search up what sketchnotes are. When we were finished we drew the main points that had connected to the movies using sktchnotes.
The GMO OMG movie shows how a father investigates the relationship between genetically modified food with his three young children. It also, shows how Monsanto and other companies just want money. They fed us chemicals and don't tell us. It shows how Monsanto’s Roundup can affect humans and animals in a horrible way. It tells us that machines are taking farmer's job and more and more people would have no more jobs. It also shows how we the people need to know what we're eating and stand up to the government.
In Fed Up, its shows Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric show us how the food industry may be responsible for the obesity. It shows how the fast food companies make it seem like they want people to eat healthy but really they don't. They give us fattening food. There is no healthy options in fast food places.
As a result of this lesson we learned more about how GMO’s are bad for us and should be banned from most of our foods. GMO’s are bad for our environment especially for our crops such as corn, soy, and animals because they eat that stuff which gets into their system.
Diana and Imani are going into senior year at SPA. Diana enjoys working out in the weight room and Imani is a member of basketball team.
In English class Ms. Priester had us do assignments one of them was the writing process badge. We had to create a bubble cluster then we had to write an essay. We did a rough draft first which we used the bubble cluster as evidence. Then we had to revise it and show proof and screenshot the revise essay. After revising our essay we had to edit it by sharing with a peer and then have them grade it to a rubric and take a screenshot. Lastly we had to publish it. After doing all of these and posting all the evidence you turn in the link for the badge requirements. As result of this lesson, I learned how to write an essay step-by-step. I feel like the badge motivated me.
Dedria is going into her senior year at SPA. She is an avid reader and gamer.
About two weeks ago Ms. Priester was gone at a conference and my English 12 teacher Ms. Ramirez (@MsRamirez203) came to sub for her. Ms. Ramirez is totally obsessed with ethos, pathos and logos. She taught us the basic steps and information to learn about what they are.
We looked at websites about the food industry. We looked at Fix Food and The Meatrix. She made us take notes and figure out was the author trying to make us feel, whether it was ethos, logos, or pathos. As we watched the film, we jotted down some notes about the author’s message, extra information about how GMOs are in everyday foods, and how Monsanto seeds are killing the earth. After we watched the film, we gathered our notes and made a table with all the information that we had and stated whether it was ethos, logos, or pathos.
When Ms. Priester returned, she had made us go back and fix our tables because knowing Ms. Priester she has high expectations for our work because she tends to geek out over tech things and how you can make your work look better. She made us add a title at the top of the table and color code the row.
As a result of this lesson, now when I look at websites and watch tv, I can tell when they're trying to use ethos, logos, or pathos to reach the audience. I know how to take notes in a table.
A'Janea is going into her senior year at SPA. She is a committed member of the yearbook staff and often tutors her peers in English class.