Flipped Lesson Plan for Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue”

Please view the video below for the flipped lesson for Amy Tan’s Mother Tongue.

The lesson focuses on connecting students to Amy Tan’s essay through prewriting, connecting their interest to the essay, and considering the different ways in which we speak. The lesson plan encourages students to write, question, and analyze the text. In this lesson, students will:

  • Write conversation they use with family or friends in quote bubbles.
  • Learn how to find context clues and evidence to support the type of essay.
  • Consider the different forms of dialect and respond to a short prompt.
  • Interact with text by considering two questions and then through a close reading.
  • Students will then write their own questions.

To create this lesson, I used Amy Tan’s “Mother Tongue” from the Common Core approved textbook “Mirror and Windows: American Tradition.” It is available in the ITC.


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