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Where am I wearing? By  Kelsey Timmerman - The Peay Read

Creative Response Guide

The Peay Read is intended to help you open your mind to new ideas and to think critically about issues that face our society. Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman was selected for the Fall 2016 Peay Read because it presents rich themes for the reader’s consideration.

Thematic Topics in Where Am I Eating?:

Experiencing Other Cultures
Clash of Cultures
Human and Labor Rights
Dreams of Success
Social, Economic, and Political Aspects
Living Wage
Price vs. Cost of Food
Politics and Global Distribution
Family and Community
Family Sacrifices
Food and Health

While this list of topics is not exhaustive, we would like you to keep these topics in mind as you are reading the book and to then explore them further by developing one of them into a creative response to the book. Your response can take the form of an essay, poem, screenplay, sculpture, video, photograph, choreography, musical composition, painting, drawing, or anything else you come up with!  We want to see what your mind can create.


1)  Any written creative response (essay, poem, short story, etc.) should be in a format that is compatible with Microsoft (.doc, .docx). 

2)  An essay must contain 400-700 words, be formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spacing, and adhere to the citation style (MLA or APA, for example) the APSU 1000 instructor specifies.

3)  If you complete a piece of art or a visual project (such as a painting or photograph), please upload a digital image of the work in an easily viewable format (.jpg, ppt.). If you create a song, dance, or other type of performance, it should be filmed and uploaded to YouTube, and the URL should be included in the written description of your project (see below).  Videos of these works are limited to three minutes in length.

4)  All projects except essays must be accompanied by a brief written description (no more than 100 words) formatted in 12-point Times New Roman font with double-spacing, and in the citation style (MLA or APA, for example) the APSU 1000 instructor specifies.The description should explain what the project is, why you created it, which theme(s) or topic(s) it relates to, and how it connects to a specific passage or passages in the book. You must include the page number(s) of the passage(s).  Your written description should also be in a format that is compatible with Microsoft (.doc, .docx).

5)  It is imperative that you cite the sources for your creative response properly.  You must complete the Plagiarism: Making the Right Choices tutorial (watch the video and take the quiz) via your APSU 1000 course D2L shell prior to submittal of your project.  Your APSU 1000 instructor will give you more information about this tutorial in your class.

Upon submitting this assignment you are affirming that you have read the entire Peay Read selection for this year, Where Am I Eating? and that the work is your own.

Note: To be successful in college (and beyond), it is important that you to learn to follow instructions exactly as provided, even in producing creative works. If you do not adhere to the guidelines outlined above, your submittal will not be reviewed and you will not be eligible to be a winner of this year’s contest.

Grading Criteria:

All projects will be reviewed by your APSU 1000 Instructor as well as the APSU 1000 judges. These criteria are what they will be assessing in your projects:

  • Evidence of original thought and rigorous approach to interpreting the book
  • Evidence of a clear relationship to the themes in the book
  • Evidence of critical and/or creative analysis
  • Evidence of quality (you can see examples of previous years' projects here.
  • Evidence of proper citation of sources
  • Evidence of distinctive quality

Submission Guidelines:

With the support of your APSU-1000 instructor, creative responses can be submitted for review by following the directions below and attaching the correct file types to an email sent to FLP@APSU.EDU.

  • Note that files such as doc, docx, ppt, pptx, and PDF are acceptable formats.
  • DO NOT attach jpg, png, or bmp files that are not embedded into a MS-Word file or PowerPoint file.
  • All creative responses must have a title and references.
  • All artworks must have a written synopsis of content.
  • It is preferable to submit files using the following file name: “Last Name, First Name”.
  • It is preferable to include your APSU-1000 instructor’s name somewhere within the submission.

Adapted from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Life of the Mind Consortium.