American Born Chinese-Intro to Novel Part 1

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American Born Chinese-Intro to Novel Part 1

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  1. Slide 1

    • Imagine you're one of a handful of Asians in a mostly white, suburban, American junior high school. All you want in life is to get with your crush, the super-popular, hot blonde, but you're nothing special as far as teenagers go. Plus, you're not just Asian; you're Chinese. Cue a stream of classic Chinese stereotypes. Okay sure, technically you're Chinese-American, but do you think anyone at school, never mind your crush, understands or cares about that distinction?
    • Author Gene Yang bets that you might care about what Jin, his teenage boy protagonist, is all about. After all, what Jin goes through isn't all that different from what a lot of teenagers go through.
    • American Born Chinese
  2. Slide 2

    • Unless you managed to skip those awkward teenage years, there's just no way that you can't relate to Jin Wang's struggles to fit in at his mostly-white junior high.
    • Racial background and the cultural stereotypes play a big role in this story, as they are the reason Jin is a social outcast at school. Whereas other characters deal with differences in class or taste in clothing, Jin has to deal with something he really can't do anything about: his biological makeup.
    • Jin's journey through the novel intersects with the story of the Monkey King, a classic Chinese folk tale, and it also shows us how it is possible to survive the teen years.
    • Jin's story isn't exactly pretty or simple. It is, however, very inspirational in the end.
    • Why Should I Care?
  3. Slide 3

    • Lesson Objectives
    • Essential Question: How can you stay true to yourself in the face of judgement from your peers?
    • By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:
    • Understand the background of American Born Chinese
    • Reflect on the themes of American Born Chinese
    • State Standard(s):
    • CC.1.3.9-10.A: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail 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.
    • CC.1.3.9-10.C: Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
    • CC.1.3.9-10.H: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms themes, topics, character types, and/or other text elements from source material in a specific work.
    • Student Terms: Analyze characters and themes and their development throughout a story.
  4. Slide 4

    • Vocabulary
    • You should be able to define these terms by the end of the lesson:
    • Theme
    • Identity
    • Betrayal
    • Let’s review our vocab terms, class!
  5. Slide 5

    • Warm-Up
    • Describe yourself in one word. Are you happy with this description? Would others agree with you?
    • Now read the following quote:
    • “It’s easy to become anything you wish, so long as you’re willing to forfeit your soul.”
    • What do you think this means?
    • How do you think it relates to the way you’ve described yourself and how others see you?
  6. Slide 6

    • Character Overview
    • Character Name
    • Brief Description
    • Jin Wang
    • Average male teenager: he's insecure about how he looks, how he acts, how he sounds.
    • The Monkey King
    • Arrogant and egotistical. He's the character that no one likes. At first, that is.
    • Danny
    • He is blond and poised for popularity at school, but his cousin Chin-Kee is ruining it for him.
    • Chin-Kee
    • Danny’s worst fears embodied. He represents everything Danny doesn't want to be associated with: the "chinky" Chinese. 
    • Wei-Chen
    • He can't dress or style his hair. His English is broken, but he's the kind of supportive friend you want in your corner, especially when things go bad.
  7. Slide 7

    • Character Overview
    • Character Name
    • Brief Description
    • Suzy Nakamura
    • Wei-Chen's girlfriend. She's sensitive and smart and, like Jin, sick of being viewed like an outsider because of her race.
    • Amelia Harris
    • Jin’s crush. She drives him, unknowingly, to try and be someone he’s not. She’s a nice, popular white girl who hangs out with Greg.
    • Greg
    • A jerk who wasn’t always a jerk. What happened?
    • Tze-Yo-Tzuh
    • The Chinese version of God. He’s everywhere and nowhere, the creator of all Earth, and powerful.
    • Wong Lai Tsao
    • A humble, kind monk who does good and inspires others to do good too. The model for perfect kindness and humility; the true ego-less character.
  8. Slide 8

    • Plot Overview
    • Even though this book is mainly about Jin, the book actually starts with the story of the Monkey King. The book then switches to Jin's story in the second chapter and, for the third chapter, switches to the story of Danny. Only after Jin's and Danny's stories do we return to the Monkey King. This pattern continues through the end of the novel.
    • Chapter 1: Monkey King
    • Chapter 2: Jin
    • Chapter 3: Danny
    • Chapter 4: Monkey King
    • Chapter 5: Jin
    • Chapter 6: Danny
    • Chapter 7: Monkey King
    • Chapter 8: Jin
    • Chapter 9: Danny
  9. Slide 9

    • Quick Check
    • Can you give a brief summary of what you’ll be reading about in ABC?