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Eating Animals

December 2nd, 2009 by Dave · 2 Comments

Eating Animals, the new book by Jonathon Safran Foer, is a very engaging, and wide ranging, look at the ethics of eating animals. He does a great job of exploring the various issues without reducing things to exaggerated extremes. He is a wonderful writer, and I think this book would be a very interesting read for advanced ESL students. One excerpt in particular I think would work well is Chapter 3 (Words / Meanings), which is set up as a glossary.

If my students were immigrants, I would also consider looking at the factory farming industry in terms of its treatment of workers, many of whom are immigrants.

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  • 1 Scott // Mar 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hello, I’m about to start a unit on this novel with High School Seniors in an urban school setting. Does anyone have lesson plans to accompany this novel? I have many ideas, but was hoping to avoid recreating the wheel if it is already rolling? Thanks,


  • 2 Dave // Mar 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully, someone will have some ideas for you. It’s a pretty new book though. I just found this site:

    It’s got a lot of great information about food labels.

    I’d love to see the materials you come up with. If you’re comfortable sharing them, please let me know!

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