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Transcript of Fish Cheeks
Prawns, Slimy Cod, Tofu, Squid
Burping in Chinese culture after dinner is a sign of gratitude for a great meal.
Burping in American culture at the dinner table is considered rude and frowned upon.
In your Reader's Journal, write a paragraph answering the question below:
Have you ever been embarrassed by your family, language, culture, or identity? If yes, explain. If no, describe a time when you felt different than those around you.
begging or trying to convince
part of speech: verb
to ask for something in a serious and emotional way;
to try to prove (a case) in a court of law.
1. He begged and pleaded, but she would not change her mind.
2. She couldn't afford a lawyer to plead her case.
3. “How do you plead?” asked the judge.
4. “We plead guilty, Your Honor.”
5. He agreed to plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter.
solicit call for
Purpose for Reading:
Fish Cheeks, by Amy Tan - Handout
is the story of a person's life written by that very person.
It is written in first-person point of view using pronouns I, me, we, etc. in the narration.
Diaries, letters, journals, and memoirs are kinds of autobiographical writing.
is the story of a person's life written by another person.
It is written in third-person point of view, using the pronouns she, her, etc. in the narration.
Focus: Sensory language and elements of nonfiction text.
Let's read along as we listen to"Fish Cheeks"
In your own words, summarize the lesson Amy Tan learns from this experience. Use text evidence to support your response.
Autobiographies are written in first-person POV, are nonfiction, and about the writer's life or a single event in their life. Identify clues from the text that help you identify the narrator's perspective.
After reading "Fish Cheeks," what sensory details did you notice? Write down five phrases from the text that give you a
sensory image and what sense it appeals to.
SLIMY ROCK COD
S Q U I D
CHINESE CHRISTMAS DINNER
First things first...
You will complete this activity on the next clean sheet of your
TIMED GRADED ACTIVITY
What would Robert think of our
What would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who
proper American manners?
What would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked
On Christmas Eve I saw that my mother had
herself in creating a strange menu.
The kitchen was littered with
of raw food.
A plate with squid, they're backs crisscrossed with knife markings so they
hello, and I pretended he was not worthy of existence.
Watching everyone reach across the table and hearing them burp again and again threw me deeper into
with pleasure when my mother brought out the whole steamed fish.
when he saw the whole fish, eyes and all!
The guests were
when my father belched loudly at the table.
The minister managed to
up a quiet burp.
I will read sentences aloud and you will write YOUR definition of the word based on how it was used in the sentence.
Ready? Now let's look at some vocabulary...
15 M i n u t e s
10 MINUTE QUICKWRITE
We will read text written by Amy Tan titled "Fish Cheeks"
2. Identify Elements of an Autobiographical Piece:
3. Sensory Language: