*The Road Kill Cafe

by Douglas Adams

Road Kill Café-phrasal verbs in redneck cooking:
(A strange bit O' American culture)

Skills benefits: writing road kill recipes is good practice for developing student's instructional skills, using connecting words, and two-part verbs. Furthermore this activity is a really good vocabulary builder and has the added benefit of allowing you to use and develop their imaginations. Finally, this activity will introduce your students to an unusual piece of U.S. culture which you won’t find in any textbook.

In the past You, as a teacher may have done an activity with writing recipes as part of a lesson on phrasal verbs. (For example:asking your students to tell you the steps to follow to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich). This is a common and simple piece of American food and there is basically only one way to make it. This is simple, but it's also somewhat boring and very ordinary. So today I would like to introduce you to a very different kind of American cuisine cherished by hundreds of southern rednecks throughout the southern U.S. The Cooters are having a big redneck cookout coming-up on the 12th and the whole clan’s gonna be there. So we need to cook-up some bodacious vittles to serve them.

Welcome to the Road Kill Café "You kill 'em; we grill 'em."

Here's how it goes:

1. Divide the class into partners.

2. Each partnership will select a piece of paper from a pile on the table. On each piece of paper there will be the name of a 'delicious' food dish served at the Road Kill Café. The piece of paper will also include a list of ingredients and cooking equipment students will need to make the food dish.

3. Working with their partner, students use their imaginations to tell the class the steps to follow to make the food dish.

4. Each partnership will share their recipe with the rest of the group.

Tell students that if they wish to, they can add more ingredients to your recipe. Walk around and visit each of the groups to help them with any questions they might have..

During the report back time students share the recipe they have written with the rest of the class.

I have included a hand-out similar to the one above for you to give to your students.

....Any takers?

Common phrasal verbs for cooking