Food in Literature at Community Links High School

  • Location
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

In the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago, IL, it is often difficult to have access to fresh, healthy foods. We want to learn about making healthy food choices and learn to cook healthy meals. We will use this knowledge to inspire students to get involved in their community by volunteering at The Semillas de Justicia, a garden, that "now blooms with a variety of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and flowers for the enjoyment of the community. Our garden serves as a hub for intergenerational exchanges of organic food-growth practices taught by, with and for Little Village residents. Semillas de Justicia is now home to free community weekly dinners, bike repair workshops, and art classes for children in the summer; a Fall Harvest Fest, and several educational workshops on sustainability and climate adaptation throughout the year. Semillas de Justicia stands as a great example of community efforts to redevelop brownfields, and uplift green open spaces in Little Village and Chicago in general."

Our Plan

Students will have the opportunity to read a variety of texts focusing on food and write about food in varied genres. The course will include analysis of topics including food issues in current media, the meaning and power of food, and the role food plays in politics and culture. The course will culminate in an advocacy project designed and led by students to address a food-related issue affecting their community. And yes, you will be cooking! If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Sack.

Themes Addressed

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    Environmental Justice
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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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