FOOD SCARCITY essay• Writing Prompt
• In the article, experts and activists have different views on how to fight food insecurity. Food justice activists believe the federal government should subsidize healthier foods. Others, like Stephen Ventura, Professor Emeritus of Soil Science and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison, believe there should be more local control of food systems. With which argument do you agree and why? Use the article, your own experience, and other information you have read to write a summary-response essay to respond to the prompt.
• Terms to Know
o activist someone who works hard doing practical things to achieve social or political change.
o food insecurity: not able to get enough food or the right kinds of food to be healthy typically due to the availability or ability to access food in certain areas.
o food system: the processes and infrastructure involved in producing food (e.g., growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, etc.)
o Professor Emeritus: a professor who is no longer working but has kept his or her previous job title as an honor.
o Subsidize: if a government or organization subsidizes food, it pays part of its costs.
Directions for Essay Development
1. Begin by completing the Writing Plan Template to map out your ideas for your essay. Be sure to complete all parts of the template.
2. Write Your Essay: Use your writing plant to develop your essay. Your essay should include the following components.
a. Introductory Paragraph: Write one paragraph to introduce your readers to the subject of your essay.
i. Begin with a lead-in statement
ii. Write a summary of the anchor text: Use the summary template to write it. iii. Finally, write your thesis statement. This is one sentence that responds to the prompt.
b. Body Paragraphs: Write 3 body paragraphs to support your thesis. Each body paragraph should include…
i. Topic Sentence—This is your reason for your position in your thesis. Write it in a complete sentence.
ii. Text Evidence—Go back to the article and find support in what the author said, concluded, argued, considered, believed, question, etc. to back up your topic sentence.
iii. Give Your Own Ideas and Opinions—Bring relevance to the text evidence by relating it to your own ideas and experiences. Here, you may use other texts, videos, books, news reports, interviews, and your own experience to discuss and bring understanding to your topic sentence and text evidence. *Remember, you must have at least 3 body paragraphs! Each paragraph should have at least 6 well-developed, clearly written sentences.
Write one concluding paragraph that restates your thesis and tells your readers what they should do with the information they have learned in your essay. Should they read more work by the author? Why? (e.g., If writing about history of hip-hop music and the use of architecture in it, would you consider if readers should experience hip-hop music and culture to better understand its relevance in society and architecture?) Why? Should they further investigate this issue? Why?
Paper Format • Paper should be typed in 12-point size, Times New Roman font
• Text should be double-spaced, with each paragraph indented (Click the “tab” button once on your keyboard to indent.)
• Margins should be set to one-inch on all sides
• Cite your sources in your work. (You will learn MLA formatting later, but for now, please include information about your sources as best as you can.)
• Length of paper should be 3 (minimum) pages -research paper writing service