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Exploring Language and Identity: Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” and Beyond
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 50-minute sessions|
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Great Expectations is rich in dialogue and in the dialect of the working class and the poor of Victorian England. What does Dickens reveal about his characters using dialect?
Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn diagrams that contain two or three overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.
Grades 8 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 9
Students use an essay by de la Peña as a model for writing their own literacy autobiography.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  August 5
Students watch an excerpt of an interview with Tan and apply some of her principles to writing a story of their own.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  February 9
After students read the novel The Color Purple, dialect is discussed and students write a short piece of fiction or poetry using the dialect of their peer group.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  May 1
Students consider the portrayal of Asians in popular culture by exploring images from classic and contemporary films and comparing them to historical and cultural reference materials.
Grades 9 – 12 | Calendar Activity |  December 9
Students study how regional dialect is written phonetically by reading a segment of Harris' story, as well as two others, and compare them using the Interactive Venn Diagram.
Grades 8 – 12 | Professional Library | Book
Offers high school teachers an activity-based approach to teaching the works of Amy Tan, especially The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate.
Grades K – 8 | Professional Library | Journal
This article shows how to affirm and draw on the dialect diversity of students to foster the learning of Standard English.