In your group, follow the following steps. You all should be helping one another and planning the project together, but I would suggest that each person be in charge of one section of the project.
Share your answers from the verbal questions together.
Divide your chart paper into four sections.
In the top left square, you will be creating a word cloud. If you do not know what a word cloud is, Google it. Look at Wordle. Your word cloud should be representative of words and terms that you see repeated a lot in the graphic novel and that you believe are important to the graphic novel.
Write a theme for American Born Chinese. Write it big in the top right square. In smaller print, include one quote from each of the three main characters. Each of these quotes should help to best illustrate your theme.
In the bottom left square, you will be creating a drawing of Jin. This should be a symbolic drawing based on how he is characterized. Include a setting and accessories. Be sure to label at least five components of your drawing that you included because they make Jin who he is.
In the bottom right corner, you are going to be writing a paragraph of six to eight sentences. This paragraph should compare Yang's American Born Chinese and Cisneros' The House on Mango Street. Some questions to consider: Did they deal with similar themes? In the same ways? Was each effective? Remember to follow the rules of good paragraph writing--topic sentence, supporting details, proofreading, etc.
1. Why has Lai-Tsao found favor with Tze-Yo-Tzuh? (pg. 139)
2. What does Lai-Tsao mean when he talks to the Monkey King in panel #4? (pg. 145)
3. Why does The Monkey King choose to release himself and follow Lai-Tsao?
4. How do the two voices get represented on this page? To whom do they belong? How do they relate to each
other? (p. 163)
5. The author shows kids laughing while Wei-Chen is taking to Amelia. What does the juxtaposition of this panel
with the other panels on the page do for the reader? (pg. 175 panel #)
6. How does the author emphasize Jin's emotions? What other examples have you noticed from throughout the
book? (pg. 180 - 183)
7. Why does Suzy say she feels embarrassed all of the time? Why do you think Jin kisses Suzy? (pg. 187)
8. Why does Jin reject Wei-Chen? What might be going on with Jin, from a psychological point of view? (pg. 191)
9. What is the significance of the dream? Make sure you look at all the illustrations carefully and study them for
subtle meaning. (pg.s 193 - 194)
10. What has happened here? What was your own emotional/psychological reaction to this moment? (pg. 198
In a well-developed paragraph (6-8 sentences), explain how Yang’s use of stereotype and/or caricature contributes to his message. (You will need to identify the theme or message first. Then you will need to think about how stereotype and/or caricature help to get it across. If one or both were not used, would anything be lacking?)
Journal Options—Choose an option
below. Complete a half-page journal in
which you discuss what the option asks of you.
1: Complete a journal entry in which you describe what happens in a couple of
pages of a graphic novel or in a complete comic strip. You must use the vocabulary from the handout
in your explanation.
2: (Honors) Complete a journal entry in which you compare a modern comic
strip or graphic novel with what is known as the world’s first graphic novel: Joseph
Franz von Goez’sLeonardo
Ignore the fact that you do not understand the language it’s written
in. You do not need to, to explain what
it looks like, and how it compares, etc.
The date of the new SAT ___________________________________________________
Does it affect you? (Circle one.) Yes No
You get free college applications if you _______________________________________
The new exam lasts for ______________________ or __________________________
One of the three ways the SAT is staying the same is ________________________________________________________________________
The best way to study for the test is to _________________________________________
The essay on the new exam is _______________________________________________
Who won’t the new SAT affect? ____________________________________________
Score scale is ________________________
Two of the ways the SAT is changed is ________________________________________
The new SAT measures ___________________________________________________
Now let’s take a look at some reading passages: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/reading. Briefly summarize what the reading section of the test is like. What is tested? What sort of passages can you expect to find? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Click into the sample reading questions. Try the practice questions for Ethan Frome and Richard Florida’s work. Be sure to read the passages and answer the questions. After you answer each question, you will be able to check your work beneath the multiple choice bubbles.
How did you do on the Ethan Frome questions? How many did you answer correctly?