Transforming: Teaching & Learning
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
With Relish: A Writing Workshop for Young Foodies
We all preach that books can bring us together, that we can always find some bit of ourselves within the emotional arc of a story, even one that features characters that are unlike ourselves. In this workshop, centered around food and traditional meals, we will use the senses (mainly taste and smell) to help us dig into our pasts with the goal of producing a messy rough draft. To begin this workshop, participants will sample several different finger foods and promptly write for several minutes afterwards. They will then interact with different objects that give off certain scents, and write again for several minutes. The steps that follow will ask participants to share what they have written with a partner, then to take a bit of time to revise, considering the content and emotional arc of their partner's writing. We will sift through the writing for connections and key points, looking to identify a shared experience with food and tradition as the centerpiece. Borrowing themes from children's books that focus on food, we will that This process and these steps are a lesson plan that participants can adapt to use with students in grades 3rd-12th. Materials used: notebooks, writing utensils, Google slides, various finger foods (variety of options to accommodate those with allergies), various scented objects.