Objective: Jake struggles with his ethnicity, even changing his name to fit in with American society. He becomes embarrassed by his wife and son's appearance and the way that they act upon their arrival. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the theme of Americanization in "Yekl."
1) Writing assignment: In their journals, students will respond to the following prompt: How does Jake say he has changed since coming to the United States?
2) Class discussion: When does Jake say he came to the United States? Why does Jake say he came to the United States? How does Jake dress? What religion does Jake practice? How devoted is Jake to his religion? What does Jake do for a living? What does Jake do for fun? How does Jake treat his girlfriends? What languages does Jake speak? How does Jake feel about bringing his wife and son to the...
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