Welcome to our pre-Thanksgiving pop culture bash. Looking for something in the spirit of Thanksgiving? Something still rigorous? Something that could stop the tedium of the days before a holiday break? Look no further. Today we review blogs, articles and infographics with all of that in mind. Think about it as a mini Thanksgiving buffet.
What’s Cooking on Thanksgiving Infographic-The New York Times
Even though it’s from 2009, this infographic is still interesting commentary. It reviews the most searched Thanksgiving recipes and then provides state statistics.
Questions for Discussion:
- Identify the argument about the intersection of technology and Thanksgiving.
- Identify the argument made about location and food preference.
Restaurants on Thanksgiving: 14 million Expected to Dine Out this Year The Huffington Post
A short article with visual about the reasons behind dining out for Thanksgiving in 2011.
Questions for Classroom Discussion:
- Identify the argument(s) about modern Thanksgiving celebrations.
- What does this suggest about American culture and dining out?
- Does dining out change the Thanksgiving experience?
Note to Self: You may even want to use The New Yorker’s cover from this past week since it’s a Thanksgiving meal inside of a cafe.
Michael Singletary, The Washington Post
Paul Sullivan, The New York Times
This article focuses on the side to the economics of Thanksgiving and the turkey itself as a “commodity.” Have students read/annotate and then discuss the impact of the Thanksgiving holiday on our economy.
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker
A powerful piece about the tradition of turkey. In the classroom consider using a section of this text. Students should annotate for argument as well as style. If this piece is too demanding or too long Gopnik’s chat on Monday, November 14, 2011 is a useful Thanksgiving resource. All of the same elements of style and argument are easily identifiable in these smaller responses.
Susan Brooks Thistlethewaite “On Faith” The Washington Post
A blog post about those stores planning to open on Thanksgiving to get a jump on “Black Friday.” There are religious elements to this post and depending on your position you may want to use only a portion. Voice is remarkably easy to spot and the argument strong.
- Identify the author’s argument.
- What moral/ethical dilemma is there with starting “Black Friday” sales earlier?