Grade 10 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 6

The central ideas of identity, ambition, expectations, and relationships come together in Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club. As high schoolers read an excerpt from the chapter titled "Two Kinds," they note how Jing-Mei's connection to music relates to her connection to her mother, and to her mother's expectations.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage learners to write about their own experiences learning a musical instrument, sport, or new skill
  • Assign the novel as a whole to older or more advanced classes before beginning your close reading instruction
Classroom Considerations
  • Tracking logs and worksheets are available in resources from previous lessons
  • Unit only covers two chapters from the novel, but the lessons are valuable
  • The sixth lesson in a 14-part unit based on the novel
  • Promotes critical thinking and application skills
  • Prompts tenth graders to use context clues when defining unfamiliar words
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