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.


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Since the publication of The Joy Luck Club in 1989, Amy Tan has become one of the most widely taught contemporary authors in high schools. Her fiction and nonfiction, with their timeless themes of family, culture, survival, and history, have made Tan a favorite of high school English teachers across the country.

In Amy Tan in the Classroom—the fifth book in the NCTE High School Literature Series—you’ll discover new ways to share the work of this important author with your students. Immensely practical, the book uses an activity-based approach to teaching both the print and film versions of The Joy Luck Club, as well as the nonfiction The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings.

This volume features numerous resources and strategies for helping your students engage with Tan’s writing. Highlights include biographical information, critical analysis of Tan’s work, teacher-tested activities, writing assignments, and discussion questions, as well as an extensive unit on teaching and analyzing the film version of The Joy Luck Club.

Amy Tan in the Classroom: “The art of invisible strength” is a useful resource that will enliven your literature classroom with exciting and enriching student-centered activities.
128 pp. 2005. Grades 9–12. ISBN 10: 0-8141-0148-8; ISBN 13: 978-0-8141-0148-3.

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