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Heading Back in Time

Sunday, November 8, 2009

North Clay Middle School seventh-grade English teacher Jennie Harbour (left) and Instructional Assistant Janice Davis prepare to serve the 1930s feast to the seventh-grade students in Harbour's class. [Order this photo]
* NCMS students experience taste of the past

Students had a taste of the past.

After reading the novel "A long way from Chicago," by Richard Peck, North Clay Middle School seventh-grade English teacher Jennie Harbour wanted to give the students a wrap-up event for the book.

Henry Batchelor [Order this photo]
"I wanted to have a fun culminating event," she said. "We have completed research about the 1930s and the novel is full of references to food."

Harbour planned a "feast" in which the menu was based entirely on food from the time period.

The students had samples of scrapple, a pork and cornmeal mush that is fried and ate with syrup. As well as a burgoo stew, which was created from "leftovers," cornbread and a milkless, eggless, butterless cake.

"I liked the taste of the soup," Henry Batchelor said.

Batchelor, 12, is the son of Henry and Donna Batchelor, Turner.

Though the class consensus was the cornbread was the best, Cathryn Bridges, 12, the daughter of Darla Hinshaw and Greg Bridges, Brazil, agreed with Batchelor, the soup tasted the best. Along with reading the book, the students also learned about the Great Depression and the many hardships people in that time period went through. All students agreed they prefer growing up in this time period.

Cathryn Bridges [Order this photo]
"It was a really different time than now," Karen Munoz, 12, the daughter of Richard and Sara Munoz, Brazil said. "It was a really good book."

The advancements in technology were the most notable of all the changes.

"We have cell phones and computers now," Batchelor said. "I'd miss my cell phone."

Karen Munoz [Order this photo]
"Girls can wear pants," Bridges added. "Besides, we have TiVo and HD."

While enjoying their cuisine, the students also watched part of "The Wizard of Oz," which was released in 1939.

"It's a book that can really speak to the students-and though it is a different time period-they can still relate in some way to the characters," Harbour said.

Parents donated the items used for the meal and Harbour collaborated with her husband to prepare it.

Though there are a lot of joys to teaching, one of them Harbour enjoys is planning the activities for the students.

"I always like to find activities that the students enjoy and can learn something at the same time," Harbour said.

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