This Big Read Teacher’s Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Amy Tan’s classic novel, The Joy Luck Club. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.
Finally, the Big Read Reader’s Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, time lines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.
From the NEA, we wish you an exciting and productive school year.
Amy Tan, 2003 (Copyright Robert Foothorap)
San Francisco's Chinatown, 1945 (Bettmann/Corbis)
8-year-old Amy Tan wins essay contest, Santa Rosa, CA, 1960 (Courtesy of Amy Tan)