The Food Waste Crisis​

The Food Waste Crisis Reading and Writing Skills

Over the course of this assignment, we will continue to work on developing key academic

reading and writing skills, which you will use throughout your career as a student and which

constitute the basis of most scholarly writing. We will be annotating and close reading texts,

dissecting parts of argument, evaluating different types of sources, taking into consideration the

purpose and audience of our writing, and finally creating our own arguments by developing

strong thesis statements, incorporating sources into our argument and thoroughly explaining

and analyzing evidence to convince our intended audience of our argument and to hopefully

make a change.

Focusing Questions

Now that you briefly understand what we are doing with this assignment and why we are doing

it, I will now introduce our guiding questions. Through our reading and writing over the next

few weeks, we will be considering and discussing the following:

What are the primary causesand/or immediate effects of the current food waste crisis? What are some possible solutions to

this crisis?

Assignment Overview

The section below outlines the specific requirement of this assignment.


The purpose of this assignment is to:

1. Read and respond to a college-level text.2. Compose college-level writing.

3. Evaluate sources for credibility and appropriateness in respect to their audience and


4.Complete the writing process—synthesizing information, brainstorming, outlining and

writing drafts.

5. Respond to a topic with an original argument.Goals

This assignment will help students meet the following Student Learning Objectives, as stated on

the course syllabus:


Aubrey , Allison. “It’s Time To Get Serious About Reducing Food Waste, Feds Say.”

National Public Radio Inc

, 16 Sept. 2015.

Oliver, John. “Food Waste.” Last Week Tonight. 19 Jul. 2015. Web.

Royte , Elizabeth. “One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done.


Geographic, 13 Oct. 2014.

Stuart, Tristan. “The Global Food Waste Scandal.” Ted Talk.


, London. Sep


Qi, Danyi, Brian E. Roe. “Household Food Waste: Multivariate Regression and Principal

Components of Analyses of Awareness and Attitudes among U.S. Consumers.”

PLoSOne 21 Jul. 2016.TaskCompose an essay, between 100-1200 words in length, which presents an argument about the

causes and effects of food waste in the United States and presents possible solutions to the crisis.

More Specifically:

Identify a narrowed topic and develop an argument about that topic

Be well organized and demonstrate coherence. Your paper should include:

oAn introduction section that states your topic and thesis;

oA discussion section which develops your argument with PIE paragraphs: clear

point, at least two examples from the articles and analysis

oA conclusion section which wraps up the paper

1. Use active/critical-reading strategies to produce accurate, concise

summaries of college level/academic texts.

2. Synthesize researched material from multiple texts to create and support

an argument in response to a prompt. Draw direct evidence from texts in

support of claims and analyze how that evidence supports the claim.

3. Utilize the various phases in the writing process—prewriting, writing

revision, and proofreading—to produce clear, articulate, well-supported,

well-organized essays.

4. Avoid plagiarism by properly citing quoted, summarized, and

paraphrased material using MLA format.oNOTE: Since you are citing the articles and videos, and possibly your

own sources, don’t forget your Works Cited page.


1. Rough Draft for Peer Review (30 points)

2. Final Draft (100 points)


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