The Joy Luck Club: Figurative Language

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Amy Tan uses vivid figurative language to deepen and enrich her writing. Use the fifth of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club to demonstrate the impact of figurative language, particularly similes and metaphors, on plot and character. Young writers emulate Tan's language by writing a simile or metaphor for something from nature, an emotion, and the description of someone they know. After reading the next two chapters for homework, have your class discuss the image of a ghost as it relates to the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Excellent for a full unit on The Joy Luck Club or as a stand-alone lesson when learning about figurative language
  • Writing activity could lead to a great poetry activity
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