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August 05

Author Amy Tan was born today in 1952

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Author Amy Tan was born today in 1952

Grades 9 – 12
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Amy Tan is a Chinese-American author best known for her examinations of relationships between mothers and daughters such as her 1989 novel The Joy Luck Club.




Project for students an excerpt of an interview with Amy Tan  (Q8: Chinese Characters, 1:09:45 to 1:11:00). Discuss their impressions of her stance toward writing from her personal experience as an extension of her identity. Then invite students to tell a story of their own, either a fictionalized account of a memory or family experience or a more straightforward true story that is important to them and who they are.

Share the Story Map or the Story Cube interactives to help students generate and organize their ideas. Then give students the opportunity to share their stories by holding a classroom reading or creating an online or print collection.





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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Language and Identity: Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and Beyond

Students explore the idea of "different Englishes" by reading Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and writing literacy narratives about their own use of different language for different audiences and purposes.


Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Family Memoir: Getting Acquainted With Generations Before Us

Creating a memoir of an older family member allows students both to learn more about their own backgrounds and to learn the power of storytellers.