World Lit: Two Kinds, Day 1

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I can analyze how two characters interact and develop over the course of a text to explain how conflict is used to advance the theme. (bonus points: find some phrases in that learning target, whew!)

Opening Session: Amy Tan, the author of the story we’re going to read today, on writing from your own personal experience:

Work Session: Today we’re going to be reading a story called “Two Kinds,” an excerpt from The Joy Luck Club, a novel by Amy Tan. As you’ve guessed from the video, Tan is a Chinese-American woman, and her story is largely inspired by her own life.

Our goal today is to get through the first 4 chunks of the story, and then do the Second Read questions 1-4 on page 30. We’re going to go over these and of course frequently stop while we’re reading to talk, so I hope by the end of the day you have a solid handle on the story!

Closing Session: Let’s review our vocab list we got yesterday and make sure everyone was able to find the definitions!

Differentiation: Process (varied length reading passages)

Assessment: Informal – check of Second Read questions

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