⁣⁣Lesson Plan: What Led Ray's Candy Store to Become NYC's Most Legendary Late-Night Munchies Shop? Unveiling the Iconic Legacy

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⁣⁣Lesson Plan: What Led Ray's Candy Store to Become NYC's Most Legendary Late-Night Munchies Shop? Unveiling the Iconic Legacy

Grade Level: 9-12

Subject: Social Studies/Culinary Arts

Duration: 60 minutes

Objective: Students will explore the rise of Ray's Candy Store as the most legendary late-night munchies shop in NYC, analyze the factors contributing to its iconic status, and understand the role of local businesses in shaping urban culture.

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2: Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4: Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

- Internet access or library resources for research
- Pen/pencil, paper


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the concept of iconic local businesses and their impact on urban culture.
- Present the SEO title as a question: "What Led Ray's Candy Store to Become NYC's Most Legendary Late-Night Munchies Shop? Unveiling the Iconic Legacy."
- Engage students in a brief discussion about their favorite late-night snacks or any iconic local businesses they are familiar with.

2. Research (30 minutes):
- Instruct students to conduct research on Ray's Candy Store and the factors contributing to its legendary status as a late-night munchies shop in NYC.
- Encourage students to explore online articles, interviews, reviews, and videos about Ray's history, its unique offerings, customer experiences, and its significance in the local community.
- Ask students to take notes on the key moments, events, or characteristics that led Ray's Candy Store to its iconic status.

3. Analysis and Discussion (15 minutes):
- Facilitate a class discussion on the findings from the research, focusing on the factors contributing to Ray's Candy Store's legendary status.
- Encourage students to analyze the development of central ideas, such as the shop's diverse menu, its long-standing history, the dedication of the owner and staff, and its reputation for late-night accessibility.

4. Creative Presentation (15 minutes):
- Instruct students to create a presentation showcasing the iconic legacy of Ray's Candy Store.
- Students can use visuals, such as images of the shop, its menu items, and customer testimonials, to support their presentation.
- Encourage students to present their findings in a clear, concise, and logical manner, highlighting the unique aspects that have contributed to Ray's Candy Store's legendary status.

5. Conclusion (5 minutes):
- Recap the key points discussed during the lesson, emphasizing the impact of local businesses like Ray's Candy Store on urban culture and the significance of late-night eateries in a bustling city like NYC.
- Encourage students to appreciate and support local businesses in their own communities, as they contribute to the vibrant fabric of urban life.

Common Core Label Correlations:

Ray's Candy Store, an East Village institution, has served late-night munchies since 1974. Owner Ray Alvarez, 86, is well known for his deep-fried Oreos, egg creams, milkshakes, and chili cheese dogs. The store has kept street wanderers and New York University students well fed into the night as they hang around Tompkins Square Park. Cult-like customers have been raving about the shop for decades, saying it’s an “unchanged gem in a transforming neighborhood,” “an institution that has brought joy for generations,” and that “it was as good as I remember at 6 years old.” The family-run business continues to serve the same food since it opened and has had recent visits from Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, La La Anthony, and Food God, who documented his time there, saying, "Everybody's talking about this place! EVERYBODY!" We visited the shop to get a behind-the-scenes tour, see how their late-night grub is made, and speak to Ray to learn how he turned his small business into a beloved institution.For more, visit:https://www.instagram.com/rayscandystore/MORE LEGENDARY EATS CONTENT:How Fay Da Bakery Became NYC's Most Iconic Chinese Bakery | Legendary Eatshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTg8qRWXM6MWhy Hoboken Is Obsessed With This Roast Beef Sandwich | Legendary Eatshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcKNz64uK1AHow The Lemon Ice King Of Corona Became The Most Legendary Italian-Ice Shop In NYC | Legendary Eatshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?....v=TiWeMyIB2q8------- #NYC #FoodInsiderInsider is great journalism about what passionate people actually want to know. That’s everything from news to food, celebrity to science, politics to sports and all the rest. It’s smart. It’s fearless. It’s fun. We push the boundaries of digital storytelling. Our mission is to inform and inspire.Subscribe to our channel and visit us at: https://www.insider.comFood Insider on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/foodinsider/Food Insider on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisisinsiderfood/Food Insider on Twitter: https://twitter.com/InsiderFoodInsider on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/disco....ver/Insider/40209345 on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/v/thisisinsiderInsider on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@insiderFood Insider on Dailymotion: https://www.dailymotion.com/foodinsiderHow Ray's Candy Store Became The Most Legendary Shop In NYC For Late-Night Munchies | Legendary Eats

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