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Your Future Favorite Foods

By the year 2050, there will likely be 2 billion more people on Earth—and scientists are cooking up new ways to feed everyone. Here’s what might be on your plate one day.

From the September 2018 Issue
Topics: Science,
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More About the Story

Skills

main idea and supporting details, reading for information, evaluating

Complexity Factors

Purpose

The infographic offers information about five foods that might be popular in the future.

Structure

Information is presented through text and images.

Language

The language is mainly conversational but includes a pun. The word print is set in quotation marks to indicate that it doesn't refer to regular (text) printing.

Knowledge Demands 

Some familiarity with the concepts of population growth and sustainability will be helpful. 

Step-by-Step Lesson Plan

1. Reading and Discussing 

Project the infographic as students follow along in their magazines.

Prompt students to use the headline, subhead, and central image to identify the topic of the infographic.

Ask: Is the purpose of the infographic to

  • explain something to you?
  • convince you of something?
  • tell you how to do something?

Have students look over the labels and images surrounding the central image. Ask:

  • How are they related to the central image? (They provide details about the main idea.)

Break students into groups to read each section of the infographic and discuss what they find interesting, surprising, or convincing.

Come back together as a class and ask volunteers to summarize the main idea and supporting details from the infographic.

2. Writing

Preview the writing prompt in the “Write to Win” box.

Download and distribute the guided-writing activity that goes along with the infographic.

Have students respond to the writing prompt. If you wish, send their responses to our infographic contest

Ideas to Engage and Inspire

Have students create their own infographics! Download our “Make Your Own Infographic” activity.