Main idea Amy fell in love with an American boy. She wanted to be the same as other American girls and felt ashamed of herself. After her mom talked to her,she was able to fully appreciate her lesson. Extend in meaning You must be proud that you are different.
Begining Topic sentence I fell in love with the minister ’ s son in the winter when I turned fourteen. Who : Amy What: She felt in love with the minister ’ s son. How: Not Chinese As white as Mary in the manager Blond-haired A slim new American nose
Conflict Topic sentence When I found out that my parents had invited the minister ’ s family over for Christmas Eve dinner, I cried. Why: Shabby Chinese Christmas Noisy Chinese relatives who lacked appropriate manners Not a roast turkey and sweet potatoes but Chinese food
Climax Topic sentence Amy ’ s mother had taken the trouble to create a menu which Amy thought strange for Christmas dinner. Who had prepared the dinner? Amy ’ s mother When had Amy ’ s mother cooked? On Chirstimas Eve
Climax The strange menu Prawn Fish Tofu Dried fungus Squids
Climax Topic sentence Table manners differ from culture to culture. Who Robert and his family,Amy and her relatives. Where : Amy ’ s home. What They were eating together, but they had different table manners that made Robert frowned.
Climax Example 1 Amy ’ relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks and dipped them into the dozen or so plates of food, but Robert and his family waited patiently for the plates to be passed to them.
Climax Example 2 When Amy ’ s mother brought out the whole steamed fish, Robert frowned.
Climax Example 3 At the end of the meal, Amy ’ father leaned back and burped loudly. But,Robert was looking down at his plate with an embarrassed expression on his face. Amy felt ashamed at the end.
Climax Topic sentence Your only shame is to have shame Who Amy and her mother What Amy ’ s mother talked with her. When After everyone had left. Where : at their home
Conclusion Topic sentence Amy was able to fully appreciate her lesson and the true purpose behind the strange menu. Who : Amy What Amy was able to fully appreciate her lesson and the true purpose behind the strange menu. When many years later — long after I had gotten over my crush on Robert
Question prawn What ’ s in the mother ’ s strange menu ? fish tofu dried fungus squids
Question What had Amy ’ s mother marked on the squids? cross What had the squids looked like? bicycle tires
Question Tofu looks like stacks of white sponges **What color is Spongebob? Yellow
Question What makes the difference between Amy ’ s relatives and Robert ’ s family? Different culture When did Amy ’ s relatives and Robert ’ s family eat together? On Chrismas Eve
Question How did Amy feel after everyone finished dishes? She felt very ashamed after everyone finished dishes.
Question what did Amy ’ s mother tell her? But inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud that you are different. Your only shame is to have shame. What gift did Amy ’ s mother hand her? Her mother handed her a miniskirt.
Question When could Amy appreciate her lessen? Until many years later — long after she had gotten over my crush on Robert.