American Born Chinese-Intro to Novel Part 2

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American Born Chinese-Intro to Novel Part 2

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  1. Slide 1

    • Review
    • Theme: the lesson(s) we learn from a story; the search for meaning.
    • While reading American Born Chinese, we’ll be exploring some of the following themes:
    • Identity and appearances
    • Betrayal
  2. Slide 2

    • ABC Themes: Identity
    • Identity: a person’s thoughts, feelings, or perceptions about themselves.
    • What can influence or affect someone’s identity?
    • Race
    • Class
    • Religion
    • Personal Experiences
    • Gender
    • Physical Appearance
  3. Slide 3

    • People often base their identity on the way they look or the way society says we should or shouldn’t look.
    • Appearances in American Born Chinese are what drive the entire plot of the book. The book hinges on some key twists, all of which involve the making and unmaking of the Chinese appearance.
    • Think about your identity. Is your appearance part of your identity?
    • Consider the following statements:
    • You shouldn't change your appearance because it's who you are.
    • Your appearance is important because it determines how other people treat you and, thus, is a way for you to define yourself.
    • Identity and Appearance
  4. Slide 4

    • ABC Themes: Betrayal
    • Betrayal: the breaking of a contract, trust, or confidence within a relationship of individuals, between organizations, or between individuals and organizations.
  5. Slide 5

    • Betrayal in American Born Chinese isn’t just about betraying a good friend but more about betraying oneself.
    • Jin betrays his best friend but why?
    • The Monkey King betrays his subjects but why?
    • Consider the following statements:
    • Betraying someone you love is worse than betraying yourself.
    • Betraying yourself is worse than betraying someone you love.
    • Betrayal
  6. Slide 6

    • Quick Check
    • What are two of the major themes we’ll be discussing in ABC?
    • Identity
    • Betrayal
  7. Slide 7

    • Remember
    • Theme is the lesson(s) we learn from a story; the search for meaning.
    • Identity is a person’s thoughts, feelings, or perceptions about themselves.
    • Betrayal is the breaking of a contract, trust, or confidence within a relationship of individuals, between organizations, or between individuals and organizations.
    • We’ll be exploring these themes while reading about Jin, the Monkey King, and Danny as they try to find their true identity.
    • How can you stay true to yourself in the face of judgement by your peers?
  8. Slide 8

    • Review ObjectivesCan You Do It?
    • Understand the background of American Born Chinese
    • Reflect on the themes of American Born Chinese
  9. Slide 9

    • For extra credit:
    • Create a self-portrait made up of objects, symbols, and/or imagery that represent key elements of your identity.
    • You can create this in any format that you’d like (Word, Publisher, Paint, etc.).
    • E-mail your assignment to your teacher.
    • Dig Deeper
  10. We’ll begin our journey through American Born Chinese!

    Slide 10 - We’ll begin our journey through American Born Chinese!

    • What’s Next?