The Joy Luck Club: Problematic Situation

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How do your learners react in conflicts with authority figures? Help them begin Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club with an activity about different conflicts that kids can run into with their parents. Each scenario prompts learners to rank the characters from most to least admirable, based on their actions in the situation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids come up with their own real-life scenarios about conflicts in a typical teenager's life
  • Compare kids' responses and foster a discussion about the similarities and differences between answers
Classroom Considerations

  • Formatting is a little off, so the last few lines of the worksheet hang onto the last page
  • Scenarios align fairly well to the novel, but might be a little confusing for some learners
  • Ranking system is interesting, but kids might be better off just writing a short reaction to each scenario
Pros

  • Interesting way to get kids involved with the text
  • Kids can relate to the scenarios and will likely be able to come up with their own text-to-self connections
Cons

  • None
Common Core