Writers: Food for Thought

Learn how to write like a food critic and much more in these lesson plans for grades K through 12. 

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans for Writing Using Food Topics

“How to Make a Pizza” Writing Guide


Grade 2-3

Students will fill in the blanks with words about pizza. They will practice writing paragraphs by explaining how to make a pizza.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches


Grade 2-4

A nice and fun way to end a unit on paragraphs would be to allow students to write a how-to paragraph on making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


Hamburger Paragraph


Grade 4-5

Objective: Give students a framework for a good paragraph.


Be a Food Critic


Grade 4-6

Concept / Topic To Teach: Writing a Comparison Essay

General Goal(s):

The student will become familiar with transition words used for comparison.
The student will use descriptive words to compare two products.
The student will organize information according to an identifiable structure (comparison).
The student will use the process of pre-writing, drafting, revising and proofreading.


Food Group Creative Writing


Grade 6-12

As a group, you have 25 minutes to write a brief story using the following words: moist, starve, sweet, hungry, sour, energy, dry, mineral, thirsty, vitamin, bitter and salty.


A Sample Class Plan for Composing  a Restaurant Review


Grade High School

As writing skills can differ greatly in an English classroom, a text type based approach to teach writing can be helpful. This lesson will take students step-by-step through the process of writing a restaurant review. It specifically focuses on using adjectives and there is/there are, but can be adapted for any grammar structure or vocabulary focus that is present in the reviews the students will read. The objectives are to describe food, to notice adjective word order and to notice use of there is/there are.


Lesson Plans for Writing about Food

Kooky Cooking


Grade   K 4-5

Write a recipe:Help your children find pictures of food in cookbooks and food magazines. Ask them to tell you how to make the food. Write down their instructions. You may need to ask questions, like: What ingredients do you need? How long do you cook it? Encourage children to use specific words to describe color, size, shape, texture, and taste. They are designed to build school readiness skills, with special emphasis on early and emergent literacy.




Grade  K4-K5

Create jingles like those used in commercials to go with their favorite food items. They are designed to build school readiness skills, with special emphasis on early and emergent literacy.


My Favorite Food


Grade 2-3

In this writing activity, students fill in the blanks illustrating their favorite food using descriptive words.


English Lesson Plan: Topic Food and Drink


Grade  2-3

The lesson Food and Drink also includes a writing activity where students should draft a recipe of their favorite dish, and then share it with the rest of the class.


Favorite Foods


Grade   2-4

Children will each create a page for a class book entitled Our Favorite Foods. The pages will feature a description of students’ favorite foods and why they like them.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Grade 3

1. After the students see the cover of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett they will predict that the book is weather and food related. Two word walls will be produced surrounding weather and food.
2. After discussing and defining types of weather, the third grade students will define three out of the six weather types on a written handout.
3. With a pinky partner, the third grade students will demonstrate their knowledge of food groups by illustrating a picture using a food of their choice and by writing a four-five sentence story to explain their picture.
4. Through discussion, third grade students will compare the immigration of the people in Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs , Grandfather's Journey , and The People From Kosovo for ten minutes.
5. As a group, the third grade will calculate the measurements of the ingredients for our pancakes with 95%-100% accuracy.


Hot, Tasty Creative Writing Projects


Grade  4-6

Using nuts, berries or dried fruit, create letters that spell out words to become an inspiration for a poem or story. Try to write from the point of view of your favorite fruits and veggies... A story about a day in the life of an apple or a pear might be interesting! Look around for interesting words and create a list of them written on recipe cards. Open the fridge, look in the cabinets, and be sure to check out the spice rack for juicy, fresh words like: saffron, cinnamon, frozen fresh, wild salmon, sweet peas, and pickled okra! Add random words to your list: the, a, and, his, loud, cried, chopped, quietly, boiling, and simmered. Then, throw in some words to express emotions: rage, joy, love, angst. Cut them out, then rearrange them until you have found a poem.


The Meaning of Food


Grade 6-8

Students will:

-Gain an understanding of the many roles that food plays in people's lives.

-Learn about different cultures and groups through food.

-Use a range of research and presentation skills.

Food Lesson Plan and Worksheet


Grade  Intermediate

Students will be able to talk about food and describe food in more detail. They will read about a popular dish in the UK and learn some food vocabulary. Students will write about their national dish or a recipe.


American Fast Food (The Hamburger): A Cultural Lesson


Grade Intermediate/High School

This lesson is an introduction to the multifaceted aspects of a target culture. Food, being a cultural product, is selected as the primary stimulus to further exploration of the perspectives, practices, history and geography of the target culture. This should create a meaningful and exciting language learning experience.


Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus


Grade  Intermediate/High School

Students explore the genre of menus by analyzing existing menus from local restaurants, including a review of adjectives and descriptive writing based on the language included in the menu examples. After establishing the characteristics of the genre, students work in groups to choose a restaurant and then create their own custom menus. In advanced classes or situations where you can allow extra time for writing and publishing the menus, have students create fully detailed menus that include foods for all meals as well as details about the restaurant itself, such history of the restaurant or background on the foods.


How “Organic” is Organic Food?


Grade 9-12

Student activities include an introduction to help teacher and students gain some clarity about what students do and do not know about organic food and to consider their questions; a quiz and a writing assignment calling for evidence from the readings to support assertions about organics issues; and suggestions for further inquiry.


 Literature of Social Reflection: Hunger, Food, Writing


Grade College

This class will explore constructions of hunger and its appeasement in a variety of generic discourses (literary, historical, political, anthropological, autobiographical, cinematic, and commercial). They will have practical as well as academic opportunities to engage these questions and perhaps to confront their own default assumptions about hunger. Specifically, students will be expected to evaluate written as well as organizational and personal modes of response to the problem of hunger.