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In Defense of Food Documentary: Middle School Curriculum

As our culture becomes more accustomed to the use of visual and interactive tools, the use of media in education is also becoming more popular. Documentaries are increasingly being used as pedagogical tools because they can provide perspectives that are not always addressed in mainstream media or found in textbooks. In addition, they can hold students’ attention, draw them into the themes being presented, and encourage passionate engagement in the topic. We are exploring food documentaries in the context of a growing social food movement and in conjunction with the evidence-based theory-driven and behavior-focused curricula development process that has been shown to influence food-related behavior choices. Using this framework, we are developing a middle school curriculum to accompany the In the Defense of Food documentary, which will be available in 2015 on PBS. Development of the curriculum funded by a National Science Foundation grant to Kikim Media and by PBS.