Lesson 6

 The Goal:

This lesson you will read a peer-reviewed, academic article as an example of academic writing outside the humanities in order to understand how to write to (slightly) different academic audiences.

We will discuss the content of Phillip A. Loring and S.C. Gerlach’s article on our slack discussion, but pay attention to Loring and Gerlach’s format and style as you write Paper #2. Some questions:

What is the abstract’s purpose?

How does that differ from the introduction?

How do they present the main body of material?

How do they cite sources?

What to Read:

*  “Food, Culture, and Human Health in Alaska: an integrated healthy approach to food security’ by Philip A. Loring and S.C. Gerlach (Located in our class’  Blackboard  resources section)

*The Omnivore’s Dilemma  by Michael Pollan: Chapter 13-14 (38 pages)

Paper #2:

Your second paper is a paper in your field. Please read Paper 2 Requirements for details.


“Farms produce a lot more than food; they also produce a kind of landscape and a kind of community” (Pollan 258). What is Pollan arguing for? Where does he land on the sentimental-practical sentiment. Can a person be both?

Loring and Gerlach write about issues closer to Alaska. As we look at the distances food moves to get to Alaskans, and as climate change lessons the amount of wild food communities may harvest, what does this mean for Alaskans? What local problem solving might we look into? What would Pollan suggest?

Here’s Slack for you to discuss!

 Submission Checklist:

  • Paper # 2 (100 points)
  • Contribution to the class discussion (30 points)