The Joy Luck Club Movie Guide (R – 1993)


Challenge students to understand and evaluate themes of love, tradition, and identity with The Joy Luck Club movie guide (R – 1993). Engage in discussions about cultural differences, the impact of past experiences on present actions, and the complexities of mother-daughter relationships. Encourage students to consider how their own family heritage shapes their identity and to share personal stories that connect with the film’s narratives. Reflect on the importance of understanding and empathy in bridging generational and cultural gaps. Lastly, analyze how the characters grow and what students can take away from their journeys.


Note: This is an R rated movie. Please check IMDb’s parental guide to make sure this movie is safe for your students.

I noted these two instances where the F-word is used:

1:27:35-1:27:45 – “I’m sorry Mom, you made a f****** a****** out of yourself.”

1:33:15-1:33:25 – “What’s her f****** name?”

Check the thumbnails for high resolution sample questions to see if this movie guide is suitable for your students. This resource consists of 14 high-level, short answer reflection and essay questions that will do more than just ask your students to regurgitate information.

This product .zip file includes:

    • An Answer Key w/ CCSS Alignment (5 Pages)
    • A Student Movie Guide (5 Pages)
    • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (1 Page)
    • CCSS alignment, Admin Movie Request and Permission Slip (2 Pages)
    • A free resources and ‘About’ section (8 Pages – Not included in the page count for this product)
    • CCSS Note: I’ve taken the liberty of aligning certain reading standards with the act of consuming content via the movie instead. Although students aren’t reading they are asked to perform the same cognitive functions on the content that they consumed from the movie.

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    • Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    • Create an assignment for your students
    • If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

Tips for using The Joy Luck Club Movie Guide (R – 1993) in your classroom:

    • Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
    • Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
    • Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
    • Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers
    • If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
    • After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
    • On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie

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Get a feel for these movie guides and see if this resource is right for you. I ask questions that require students to ‘live’ on the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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