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Teacher's Guide for Bull Rider

by Suzanne Morgan Williams


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Grandma Jean’s Quesadillas and Tomatillo Salsa

Equipment: Large cast iron frying pan or electric skillet; knife, cutting board, grater, large spoon, spatula, blender.


two large corn or flour tortillas per quesadilla.
A little oil.

Tomatillo Salsa (green salsa, salsa verde): 
six to eight tomatillos,
½ medium onion,
three to four garlic cloves, peeled
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro,
one or two fresh jalapeno peppers (seeded for a milder salsa)
juice of ½ lime

For Quesadillas:
Put a little oil in the bottom of the frying pan or electric skillet. Heat on medium high.
When oil is hot, place two tortillas in the pan to warm.
After about one minute, flip one tortilla and top its heated side with thinly sliced or grated cheese (about a ¼ to a 1/3 cup depending on size of tortillas).
Place the second tortilla, warm side DOWN on top of the cheese.
Wait about another minute and flip the quesadilla. Cook until cheese is melted.

For Tomatillo Salsa:
Remove the papery skins from the tomatillos and rinse well.
Place tomatillos, garlic, and pepper in a HOT frying pan and stir until outsides are toasted. Remove from heat.
Chop garlic, tomatillos and onions into medium small chunks.
Open peppers and remove seeds and stem. Chop into chunks. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling peppers.
Place tomatillos, garlic, peppers, cilantro, onions and lime juice in the blender. Pulse until all ingredients are chopped. Do not blend into a liquid. Salsa should have a chunky texture – like pickle relish or a little smaller.

Serve with quesadillas. Salsa should be stored in the refrigerator.



Short Bio for Suzanne Morgan Williams

Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider (Margaret K. McElderry, 2009) and the nonfiction book China’s Daughter’s (Pacific View Press 2010) as well as ten nonfiction books for children. These include the award winning Pinatas and Smiling Skeletons (Harris and Williams, Pacific View Press), The Inuit (Franklin Watts), and Made in China (Pacific View Press.) Her work regularly takes her into the classrooms, museums, and communities from her home in Nevada across the US and Canada, from Mexico to the Arctic. She is past regional adviser for Nevada SCBWI.



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Some Nevada State Standards that apply to Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams

History 5th grade - 1.5.1:  Identify current events from multiple sources.

Civics – 5th grade: 4.5.4:  Identify sources of information people use to form an opinion.

History 8th Grade –1.8.1: Describe how a current event is presented by multiple sources.

Civics 8th grade 4.8.4: Identify the influence of the media in forming public opinion.

Geography 8th grade 2.8.2: Relate how places and regions are important to the expression of cultural identity.
6.8.2: Select a current event and relate it to the physical and human characteristics of place.

English Language Arts – this standard will cover all the grades as the teacher sees fit to evaluate the book.
Content Standard 3.0 Students read literary text to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate authors, cultures, and times.

Visual Arts – specific for the Draw Your Own Brand project – Fifth grade. 1.5.3:  Create artworks using various media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas.

Science – specific to science ethics questions about artificial insemination of cattle.
5th Grade  n.5B2: Students know technologies impact society, both positively and negatively. E/S
Grades 9-12 n12B3: Students know the influence of ethics on scientific enterprise. E/S


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