Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dual Class Develops "Taste" for Other Cultures

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dual Class Develops "Taste" for Other Cultures

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FCS and English

Foods and Literature of the World is a dual class taught at Bismarck High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. There are two components of the class-English and family and consumer sciences (FCS). (The English component fulfills the 12th grade English requirement.)

Culture is explored through class discussion, essay writing, research, and oral reports as well as the reading of one particular novel chosen to represent the culture itself. The literature selected compliments the units from the Foods portion of the class. The Foods portion of the class is taught by an FCS instructor. Foods students prepare recipes from countries around the world using traditional ingredients and cooking utensils while learning about the culture and how it affects food preparation. Even though it is an elective, however, the Foods class cannot be taken without the English.

The class is usually a two-section class, with the first period English moving to second period Foods, and vice versa. Having this block of time allows flexibility-if, for example, one day the students need more time to complete a Foods lab, they can come to first and second period Foods and then the following day go to English for both periods. This is monitored to ensure the students are completing the required number of minutes for each segment of the course.

The dual class leads to increased understanding of the specific culture. …

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