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  • By Amy Tan

What are some of the typical dreams and expectations that parents in your culture have for their children? Did your parents have these dreams for you as you were growing up?

  • What are some of the typical dreams and expectations that parents in your culture have for their children? Did your parents have these dreams for you as you were growing up?
  • Did your parents try to cultivate/develop any particular talents in you (athletic, musical, entrepreneurial, intellectual or artistic?) Did you attend any special schools for this?

What would you like your children to be like? What talents would you want them to develop? How would you do this?

  • What would you like your children to be like? What talents would you want them to develop? How would you do this?
  • What if your children resisted your attempts to cultivate their talents and skills? How would you react and what would you say to them?

Prodigy

  • Prodigy
  • Fiasco
  • Discordant
  • Nonchalant
  • Reproach
  • Indignity
  • Reverie
  • dawdle

Asking questions

  • Asking questions
  • Predicting
  • Visualizing
  • Making connections
  • Summarizing
  • Reflecting and relating
  • Evaluating
  • Revising meaning
  • Forming interpretations
  • clarifying

Prodigy – n. someone with a very great ability which usually shows itself when that person is a young child

Nonchalant – adj. behaving in a calm manner, often in a way which suggests you are not interested or do not care

  • Nonchalant – adj. behaving in a calm manner, often in a way which suggests you are not interested or do not care
  • Reproach –v. to criticize someone, especially for not being successful or not doing what is expected
  • Indignity – n. a loss of respect or self-respect, or something which causes this

Reverie – n. (a state of having) pleasant dream-like thoughts

  • Reverie – n. (a state of having) pleasant dream-like thoughts
  • Dawdle – v. to do something or go somewhere very slowly, taking more time than is necessary

What is a prodigy and why does the mother want the main character to become one?

  • What is a prodigy and why does the mother want the main character to become one?
  • How does the mother prepare her daughter for fame?
  • What talents does the girl have?
  • Why does she start the piano lessons and how is the mother going to pay for them?
  • Describe the piano teacher.
  • What do Auntie Lindo and Jing Mei’s mother have in common?

What does the author mean when she says, “I didn’t have to do what my mother said anymore…This wasn’t China”?

  • What does the author mean when she says, “I didn’t have to do what my mother said anymore…This wasn’t China”?
  • What words does the author use to describe her mother’s disappointment in her?
  • Why does Jing Mei come back to play the piano after her mother’s death?

Ask one clarifying question.

  • Ask one clarifying question.
  • Ask one question related to the theme.
  • You will be graded on oral participation.

Assimilation – adopting the dominant culture as one’s own. Loss of one’s culture because one puts more value on the culture of another.

  • Assimilation – adopting the dominant culture as one’s own. Loss of one’s culture because one puts more value on the culture of another.
  • Acculturation – adopting some behavior patterns of the dominant culture, but one maintains pride in one’s own ethnic identity

What process of assimilation or acculturation do you see in the story? Think of the mother and daughter.

  • What process of assimilation or acculturation do you see in the story? Think of the mother and daughter.
  • Write a 2 chunk paragraph applying social concepts to the story.
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Write your answers in a one chunk TEA paragraph.

  • Write your answers in a one chunk TEA paragraph.

Do you think it is fairly common that some mothers create resentment in their children by trying to do things they feel are in their childrens' best interests? Can you think of any examples?

  • Do you think it is fairly common that some mothers create resentment in their children by trying to do things they feel are in their childrens' best interests? Can you think of any examples?

Have you ever had an experience as embarrassing as Jing Mei's piano recital? Have you ever been asked to, forced to, or encouraged to try to do something that you just could not do?

  • Have you ever had an experience as embarrassing as Jing Mei's piano recital? Have you ever been asked to, forced to, or encouraged to try to do something that you just could not do?
  • Do you believe people grow up with certain personality traits that can't be changed?

How does Amy Tan use simile and metaphor in "Two Kinds" to make her descriptions vivid? Write a short essay on her use of imagery.

  • How does Amy Tan use simile and metaphor in "Two Kinds" to make her descriptions vivid? Write a short essay on her use of imagery.

How would you describe the overall tone of 'Two Kinds'?

  • How would you describe the overall tone of 'Two Kinds'?
  • Does it ever change?
  • At what point in the story does it shift?

Can you find examples of Amy Tan's use of similes for humorous effect in the story?

  • Can you find examples of Amy Tan's use of similes for humorous effect in the story?


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