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Chicken & Waffles | Harlem Renaissance Soul Food

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Video Length: 1:44

Updated on: 07/15/2020

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Lesson Description

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a short story about the history of "chicken and waffles" which is a dish born of the Harlem Renaissance in New York. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about chicken, waffles, and African American culture. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, phrases, and compound words from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of the conjunctions "as" and "though". There are additional speaking tasks, as well as a quiz and review section with a bonus activity.

Video Description

Nothing beats the sweet and savory soul food combo that is chicken and waffles. But, was it meant for breakfast or dinner? Turns out, for the man credited with the dish's creation: it was both. Joseph T. Wells was a restaurateur in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, and the chicken and waffles dish for which he became known was the fuel for this American cultural movement.

Lesson Activities

Chicken, Waffles, African American Culture
Short Answers, True / False, Missing Letters, Video Quote
Adjectives, Nouns, Compound Words
Usage of "as" and "though"
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity

Lesson Topics

Chicken, Waffles, Harlem Renaissance

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