I came across an article at Alternet today about freeganism.
One Person's Dumpster Is Another's Diner
I thought that it would make for an interesting lesson. As the article is quite long and complex this would be best done by advanced students.
1 Write the word freegan on the board and ask students to come up with a definition. make sure they understand that any definition is acceptable and there are no wrong answers.
E.g A freegan is a person who rides a bus without paying.
Freegan is a organic compound found in inactive volcanos.
2 Students share their answers with each other.
3 Now write the headline on the board (and explain what a dumpster/diner is)
"One Person's Dumpster Is Another's Diner"4 Student then speculate on what the article is about and what a freegan might be.
5 Hand out the article and ask students to answer the following questions;
a What is a freegan?
b Why do some people do this? (support your answer with examples from the text).
c What is the writer's opinion of freeganism?
d Would you ever try freeganism? Why/why not?
6 Students first find the answers on their own and then get into groups of three/four to discuss their answers.
7 Elicit answers from the class.
8 Would freeganism ever become acceptable in Greece? Why/why not?
9 Ask students to watch this video on freegan eating and if it changes their mind.
10 Students post the video along with a response (in written or video form on their blog). Alternatively, they could post a response on the original YouTube video.