The Joy Luck Club: What Makes a Book Great?

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Take your reading group to the next level with a group discussion about what makes a book great. After finishing Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, learners make a class list of characteristics that define a book's greatness. They then break into groups to name other books that fall into this category, and decide if Amy Tan's narrative is truly the voice of a generation. Once they re-examine the vignettes from each of the novel's sections, kids write short essays about how the stories inform and strengthen the novel's structure. For homework, they finish the final essays that they started in the previous lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • A great conclusion to the novel unit; helpful even as a stand-alone lesson if you don't have time to use the entire unit in your class
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