Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BBQ Chicken ~ To Kill a Mockingbird (Not related topics!)

What's Cookin'?

BBQ Chicken:

I boiled some chicken thighs yesterday and, after shredding them, put the chicken in my small crockpot for a few hours in the afternoon with some homemade BBQ sauce.  For the sauce I cooked some onion and bell pepper lightly in some oil (with a few jalapeno slices I have preserved in the fridge).  Then I added one can of organic tomato sauce, a dash of cayenne, 2-3 dashes of powdered garlic, Real Salt, parsley, 3 tablespoons of rapadura, and about 1/8 C apple cider vinegar.  Once the sauce was warmed I put it in the crockpot with the chicken and gave it a good stir.  We served it on soaked/yeast buns with sides of freshly made beans and some green beans.  [My dc sure can go through a lot of beans!  Almost a pound of soaked/cooked beans already gone??? In one meal??]

This recipe is part of Kelly's Read Food Wednesday:

What's Schoolin'?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

Some books we spend a lot of time on, like Beowulf (soon to be posted) and others not so much.  This is what we did for To Kill a Mockingbird for my 10th and 11th graders.

1 - Independent reading
2 - Without much discussion (I didn't want to influence them yet in their analysis, etc) they free-wrote a summary and personal reflection in their Literature Response Logs.
3 - Still without much input from me, they read an essay from Bloom's Guides: To Kill a Mockingbird .  They need a lot of examples of literary analysis essays before they get competent in it.  Then they wrote about what they learned from the essay or any new insight that they gained regarding the book.  The essay I chose also mentions and compares/contrasts the movie at the end so that was a great lead-in to watch the movie.
4 - THEN we had tons of discussion :).
5 - We watched the Gregory Peck movie from the library on DVD.

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