A zip file with 9 resources and 2 PowerPoints to help with the novel study.
1. Author's Context
Explore the real life inspirations for elements of 'The Joy Luck Club' while building up a body of evidence at the same time.
2. Characterization Brainstorm Sheets
A brainstorm to help students build a character profiles.
3. Characterisation - Genealogy
Play the role of the genealogist invited by the Joy Luck Club to trace their family origins. A good task to become familiar with the four families.
4. Historical Setting and Context
Students design a photo story or the equivalent that encompasses both settings of San Francisco and China (Both pre and post WWII).
5. Mother/Daughter Relationships
A worksheet that analyses both the mothers' and the daughters' voices.
6. Social Setting - The Idea of Immigration
Examines the relationship between America and China and the part it plays in the characters' lives.
7. Structure and Plot
Explores how cradling has been used by Tan to portray the narratives of 8 women.
8. The Cultural Divide Between America and China
A look at both past and present and how cultural dynamics play a part within character relationships.
9. Fortune Cookie Themes!
Two tasks which analyses three key themes in the text. Includes some fortune cookie inspired thinking!
10. PowerPoint: Introduction to The Joy Luck Club
An exploration of the complex relationships that exist between mother and daughter.
11. PowerPoint: Structure
A slide by slide account of all the different ways structure has been used in the book.