Our April 2013 newsletter is filled with curriculum resources and lesson plans on co-ops, their many fans, and the new economy they inspire. Bring learning materials on Equal Exchange and their cooperative principles to your classroom for less than a bar of chocolate. Dig into your school's new garden with The Food Project's ideas for teen engagement. Watch and listen to one spoken-word artist's candid poem on bullying and survival. Read it here!.
Equal Exchange offers free trade curriculum on startup logistics, jobs, and cooperative principles to inspire middle school-through-university students.
What's happening in this photo? Your students will pause to analyze an unfamiliar image before jumping into its details with our Visual Learning activity.
The Food Project
Helping teens grow more than food, The Food Project nurtures the next generation of leaders. Try their sustainable activities in your classroom today.
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Just the Facts lays out the economic and human benefits of co-ops with eye-candy pie charts and graphs.
For Your Classroom
YES! National Student Writing Competition
Here's an opportunity that not only will push your students' writing and critical thinking, but also will meet several Common Core State Standards.
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Where Does Your Food Come From?
This spring, students will read and respond to the YES! article, by April Dávila. April's story is about the confidence she developed from knowing what she is eating. After April learned of the possible health effects related to eating genetically modified corn from Monsanto, she had an insatiable need to know more. She wondered where exactly Monsanto corn existed in her family's diet, and where her food came from.
Students will have plenty to think about as they write an essay of up to 700 words answering this writing prompt: April Dávila discovered that around 70 percent of processed foods on American supermarket shelves contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Does this concern you? What matters most to you about the food you eat?
The deadline for registration is Saturday, April 27, 2013. Essays must be submitted no later than May 18, 2013.
Teachers who submit essays will be entered into a drawing to win a complete set of 18 YES! posters for their classroom, valued at $54. See what you could win here!
For Fall 2012, participants read and responded to the YES! Magazine article Living Large in a Tiny House by Carol Estes, a story about Dee Williams downsizing from a three-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house. The writing prompt was: “If you had the choice, what size house would you live in? What are important features your house would have, and what would you intentionally avoid?”
Congratulations to our essay winners: Middle School—Rowan Treece; High School—Ritika Mazumder; College–Chris Harrell; and Powerful Voice—Paw Soe. And, thank you to all writers who submitted essays.
Middle School Winner Rowan Treece
Read Rowan's essay about the sustainable dance community home she would build so she could live with her ballet sisters every day and save the planet.
High School Winner Ritika Mazumder
Read Ritika's essay about her desire to have a smaller home so she can spend quality time with her family.
College Winner Chris Harrell
Read Chris' essay about how growing up in Kenya influenced his conscious choice to live intentionally here in the States.
Powerful Voice Winner Paw Soe
Read Paw's essay about how her Burmese roots taught her that a simple home with an abundant garden, not an extravagant mansion, is what brings happiness.
Dee Williams Response to Essay Winners
Dee Williams, who downsized from a three-bedroom to an 84-square-foot house, responds to essay winners of the Fall 2012 writing competition.
Fall 2012 Writing Competition Literary Gems
We received many powerful essays. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.