Lesson 1 (from Two Kinds)
“Two Kinds” is a short story by author Amy Tan. Included in the collection The Joy Luck Club, the story centers on common themes of mother-daughter relationships, struggles for identity within Asian-American society, and the American Dream. In this lesson, students will research author Amy Tan and The Joy Luck Club, and will identify and discuss the genre and tone established in the opening of “Two Kinds.”
Research Activity: Conduct research on author Amy Tan, the publication of The Joy Luck Club, and the separate publication of “Two Kinds.” How many previous works had Tan published when “Two Kinds” was first produced in periodical form?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, develop a presentation that examines the common stylistic attributes, themes, and subjects in the works of Amy Tan. In what ways is The Joy Luck Club, as a...
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