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I read this book about 10 years ago, and hadn't really stopped thinking about it since. It's a great expository/literary nonfiction/persuasive book that informs the reader on fast food. Its subtitle says, "Everything you don't want to know about fast food." Needless to say, that's a pretty popular topic with junior high students. So, a few years ago, my co-workers and I decided to purchase it for our 7th grade classes. It's been pretty engaging ever since.
You can teach so many things with this text: types of nonfiction, vocabulary, critical thinking, persuasive techniques, media, reliable sources, and tons of other literary elements.
If you're looking for an expository book that will engage students, I highly recommend this book. Here's a list of resources or ideas we tie-in.
- Teachers Pay Teachers Pack
- My YouTube Playlist
- TeachingBooks.net Resources
- We also start the study by buying a Happy Meal from McDonald's and keeping it in a plastic pet cage for the duration of our reading. It's based off this idea.
- Chew on This Playlist
- We do several activities including: an assembly line activity and class taste test.
- Lastly, we're tying it into grammar and a class challenge this year as well!
These are just a few ways we use Chew on This to teach critical thinking. If this book sounds like something you or your students might seem interested in, go for it!
Let me know how it goes!
7th Grade ELA