Cultural Identity: Day 2, “Two Kinds”


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can analyze how an author presents a cultural identity through a story.

Opening Session
Amy Tan, the author of the story we’re going to read today, talks about writing from personal experience:

Work Session
Today we’re going to be reading a story in Springboard called “Two Kinds,” by a Chinese-American author named Amy Tan. This story is taken from a larger work called The Joy Luck Club, which is so popular you might have heard of it before!

Flip in your Springboards to page 21, and let’s read together!
After we finish the story, let’s talk about cultural identity. What do you think Jing-mei’s cultural identity is? How would she describe herself? How does her cultural identity differ from that of her mother, and why?

If we have time, we will do the Working From the Text chart on page 32.

Closing Session
Think-Pair-Share! How did Tan develop Jing-mei’s cultural identity through narrative storytelling in “Two Kinds”?

Formative (class discussions, think-pair-share, working from the text book check)

Process (scaffolding, slower reading, vocabulary list)

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