Middle School and Agricultural Literacy Curriculum

You said,
“Increase awareness of the program.”

Our response:
In 2010, we placed several advertisements in a variety of print and online educator resources. Advertisements were placed in Middle Ground, the National Middle School Association’s Journal; Science Scope, the National Science Teachers Association magazine; and EducationWorld.com to name a few. This does not include the FFA publications we have used, such as MaD, the Convention Navigator and New Horizons to bring awareness.

In January 2011 we sent information about this curriculum to each FFA advisor in response to the feedback we received. We hope that more teachers will discover this comprehensive resource as a result.

We also hope that you continue to encourage other educators you know to use this great resource. Refer them to the Resources tab on www.ffa.org and click on the FFA Learn link.

You said,
“Increase access without having to log in repeatedly.”

Our response:
We have removed the login process for accessing this curriculum. You can easily locate these resources by

  • Going to the Resources tab on www.ffa.org and clicking the FFA Learn link
  • Clicking on the Middle School Food and Agricultural Literacy Curriculum link
  • Choosing a Key Concept, or unit, you would like to explore
  • Selecting a lesson
  • Clicking on the PDF version to view the lesson in its entirety

You said,
“Increase depth of content, hands on activities and number of visuals.”

Our response:
A lot of time and talent went into creating a universal and introductory curriculum for the middle school student. Before developing these lessons, education professionals and industry leaders from around the country identified age-appropriate content for the middle school student. Other considerations such as a student’s prior knowledge, a school’s scheduling model, larger class sizes and teachers’ time were made. This same group also crafted the framework for the units, the number of lessons and the objectives for each lesson. Teachers, who are currently in the field, took this framework and wrote the lesson plans for this curriculum.

Although difficult at times, using a universal approach throughout all lessons was our way of treating each topic equally. We ask that you continue to use these lessons in a way that works for you, your students and your existing curriculum.