Weekend Pop Culture: Thanksgiving

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.

Black Friday Foolishness

Michael Singletary, The Washington Post

This article focuses on the “darker” side of Black Friday.  Have students SOAPSTone, write précis paragraphs, even defend/challenge or qualify the author’s point of view.

In the Labyrinth of Turkey Pricing, A Reason Under Every Giblet

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.

The First Served”

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.


Don’t push Black Friday into Thanksgiving

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?





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