The Joy Luck Club: Narrative and Point of View

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Discuss point of view when a novel has multiple narrators. Using the first section of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, learners analyze the characters of June Woo, An-Mei Hsu, Lindo Jong, and Ying-Ying St. Clair. They write about one character's strengths and weaknesses that they can see so far, and analyze how the novel is improved by using more than one narrator. For homework, they read the next two chapters and think about each character's motivations in the story.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Good opportunity for character analysis through small group or class discussion
  • Breaks the novel up onto manageable chunks, to facilitate understanding for both strong and developing readers

  • Discussion activity ensures that readers not only understand the multiple narrator format, but that they appreciate how it strengthens the novel

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