Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rules of the Game - with HOTS!

This is my Unit on how to teach Rules of the Game by Amy Tan.  Feel free to change, add or subtract what is needed for your particular class!  5 points

Rachael Orbach 

Rules of the Game.  



LOTS Rules of the Game.

What is the conflict of the story? _________________________________

Who is the main character?  ____________________________________

What is the plot of the story? ____________________________________

How does the setting affect the outcome of the story? _________________

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What time frame does the story take place?  Weeks, months, years?

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What do the supporting characters add to the story?

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What is the climax of the story?
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What is the resolution?

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HOT Generating Possibilities

Fun exercise

Scenario: Imagine there is a hungry mosquito in the room whilst you are trying to sleep.

Think of at least 20 possible responses*

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Now, apply this to Amy Tam’s story.
What options does Amy have in her relationship with her mother?
Think of at least 20 possible responses*

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Prediction: Now that you have read the entire story, Write the next chapter of the story. What happens between Amy and her mother, do they resolve the conflict?
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Bridging text

Writer. Born February 19, 1952 in Oakland, California. Tan grew up in Northern California, but when her father and older brother both died from brain tumors in 1966, she moved with her mother and younger brother to Europe, where she attended high school in Montreux, Switzerland. She returned to the United States for college, attending Linfield College in Oregon, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of California at Berkeley.
After college, Tan worked as a language development consultant and as a corporate freelance writer. In 1985, she wrote the story "Rules of the Game" for a writing workshop, which formed the early foundation for her first novel The Joy Luck Club. Published in 1989, the book explored the relationship between Chinese women and their Chinese-American daughters, and became the longest-running New York Times bestseller for that year. The Joy Luck Clubreceived numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Award. It has been translated into 25 languages, including Chinese, and was made into a major motion picture for which Tan co-wrote the screenplay.
Her other two books, The Kitchen God's Wife (1991) and The Hundred Secret Senses (1995), have also appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Her latest novel, The Bonesetter's Daughter, was published in 2001. Tan has also written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and The Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), the latter of which was adapted to television for PBS.
Amy Tan has been married to her husband, Lou DeMattei, for over twenty years. They live in San Francisco and New York.

1. What theme run though most of Amy Tam’s fiction?

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2. How did Amy begin to write fiction?

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3. How did A,my deal with the relationship with her work?
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4. Do you think that she is successful at resolving her conflicts?
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Post reading activity
  Have a Talk Show! Assign roles and have students participate in a talk show featuring main characters and “experts” who can shed light on the issues addressed in the short story. One student (or the teacher) can be the talk show host. Audience members should formulate questions they would like to ask during the show.
Each student formulates questions to ask Amy Tam, about her work, the short story, and how she got the ideas to write








“The Rules of the Game”

Reflection: 
reflection on the piece of literature:  Did you  enjoy reading it? Why or why not? 
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What did you find interesting, memorable, surprising, annoying, moving, challenging, upsetting, etc.?
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Rflection on the process of learning HOTS  How did learning the Higher Order Thinking skill help you understand the story?
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 Give 3    examples.
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Reflection on the wider application of thinking skills.  In what other situations can you use these skills?
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Name _______________________________________  Date ___________________________

:  Test  Rules of the Game

What is the conflict of the story? _____________________________________________________


Who is the main character? _________________________________________________________

What is the plot of the story? ________________________________________________________

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How does the setting affect the outcome of the story?

What time frame does the story take place?  Weeks, months, years?

What do the supporting characters add to the story?

What is the climax of the story?

How does Amy change as result of her learning how to play chess? _____________________________

Do you think that she has changed for the better or worse? ____________________________________
HOTS
Generating possibilities:
What  responses can Amy do now that she knows Chess?  _____________________________________
Think of at least 5 responses that she can do with her mother.
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Good Luck!


1 comment:

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