Tonight, start reading! Your book study is due on October 6th. The individual work and group compilation is due on the same day. Please let me know if there are any questions.
I. Dialectical Journal: Choose one of the books below. You will be responsible for writing 3 entries every 30 pages for your book; there is flexibility in this requirement. Make it work for you. For each dialectical entry you will do several things: first you need to choose a substantive quote from the novel and write it down including the page number (required); second, you will describe the context of the quote and explain the significance of the quote; third you will either evaluate and describe the rhetorical choices made by the author in the particular passage you have chosen OR briefly expound upon some of the universal themes or ideas from the book.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Anything that Moves by Dana Goodyear
EXAMPLE JOURNAL ENTRY:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. ”(Pollan 1)
Here Pollan writes his thesis for his book. It seems too simple but as you continue to read you find that the entire concept of “food,” is more complicated than we think. He describes how much of what we eat is actually food like substance or processed food. Even many of the vegetables and fruits we eat that are grown in a corporate farm often have a lower vitamin and mineral content which means we need to eat more to feel satiated. Since many foods we eat are nutrient deficient we eat more and more and more. He argues this is why America is overweight.
Rhetorical Analysis or Style Element
Here Pollan uses essentially three small sentences to make his point more forceful. It’s so simple that it begs investigation. You realize once you begin reading more that there is a lot behind his simple beginning. This is at the heart of the problem: we seem to know more than ever and yet we are as unhealthy as ever.
Universal Ideas/Connection to levels of reflection:
In the first chapter as mentioned, he distinguishes between food and food like substances, which is a big realization for me, personally. If the majority of American citizens experienced this awareness, it would change everything about our food culture. Lastly, he makes a compelling case for eating less meat, which has the potential to transform the American diet as we are the most frequent consumers of animal protein on the planet. That he does not advocate vegetarianism adds to his credibility as moderate or less extreme, thus making his message more relatable to the everyday American.
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP ASSIGNMENT