This is your first assignment and as such needs some extra introduction and explanation. In order to complete this assignment you first must follow these steps:
- Join this blog as a "Guest Author."
- Read the assigned pages in the book. I suggest you take notes for your essay.
- Write a first draft of the essay and post it on our class blog. You will need to sign in at Typepad.com.
- Make concise but constructive comments for two of your classmates' postings
- Revise your essay and post a final draft.
We will practice in class for this first assignment. After that, you are expected to follow these instructions for each assignment.
- Reading: Due 12 September.
- First Draft: Due 13 September.
- Comments: Due 15 September.
- Final Draft: Due 19 September.
- Food Survey: Due 21 September.
Summary: Read the Prologue of our text, 1493 by Charles C. Mann. The author begins this prologue with some personal reflections on the common tomato. Be sure you understand that the tomato represents a much larger theme that runs through the entire book. Pay special attention to the concepts of the "Columbian exchange" and "globalization." Understand that these two concepts are closely related to one another and that the author will attempt to explain the observation he makes on page xxiii that "European emigrants and their descendants are all over the place, which requires explanation."
Food Survey: A good deal of this year will be devoted to history of food; that is where did food that we eat today originate? For this assignment you will need to visit your local super market and determine the country of origin of at least 12 different food items that originate from countries other than the USA. You will have your best luck with vegatables, fruit, coffee, tea, and chocolate.
Essay: Write a one-page essay on the following topic. What is the current meaning of the term "globalization" and what are the two opposing view points regarding the benefits or dangers of this process? Why does the author argue that globalization began with the discovery of the americas? Be sure to use specific examples from the reading to support your thesis. All essays you write for this course must be word processed and submitted to the class blog.
Important! You must include your name and assignment title (e.g. Ann P, Assignment 1, draft) in the title bar of all your postings. If I cannot identify you from your posting, your work will be considered late.