Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 1

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is a illustrative source of rich prose, deep character development, and strong literary themes. Use two of the key chapters of the book, which focus on Waverly's relationship with chess and with her mother, to emphasize the importance of context clues and close reading.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring into a novel unit about family roles and relationships
  • Encourage older or more advanced learners to read the entire novel during summer vacation or a long school break, and to reread the key chapters during the unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson only covers part of one chapter of the book, and the unit only focuses on two chapters of the book in all
  • You'll need to provide a class set of the novel, or a passage of the excerpt
  • The first in a 14-part literary analysis unit
Pros

  • Provides a writing prompt for an exit ticket or homework assignment
  • Prompts tenth graders to examine their progress according to the Common Core standards
  • Comes with a full version of the unit, as well as a full version of the novel, and auxiliary reading passages
Cons

  • None