Irregular Verbs, The Verb "To Be", and old Lit Stuff


 Get the handout on Irregular Verbs. Read the sections titled "Understand the problem" and "Know the solutionDo not read the very long chart but use the chart on the handout to complete each of the following exercises.

Practice Using the Verb "to be"       




      The Joy Luck Club                              

Feathers from a Thousand Li Away (video)

The Swan and the Swan Feather: The woman bought a swan who used to be a duck – also known as "a creature that became more than what was hoped for." The swan gets pulled away by immigration officials and the woman is left only with a swan feather that she hopes to one day give to her daughter. The swan/swan feather may represent all the best wishes and hope for a better life in the new world. Obviously the woman has hopes for her daughter (for her worth not to be "measured by the loudness of her husband’s belch"), but what the duck/swan represents is something greater than hope, something that goes beyond the wildest imagination.


The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates is a (fictional?) Chinese book detailing all of the dangers that could befall a child. The book symbolizes a mother’s desire to protect her children against any and all dangers they face.  Later, we learn that An-mei reads The Twenty-Six Malignant Gates in hope of protecting her children from all possible hazards. But, by identifying the dangers, does it help a mother save her children, or does it make her paranoid, possibly bringing about the mother’s worst fears? This parable also points out that there are dangers that children can't always see, so they have to trust their mother. The Twenty Six Milignant Gates is in Chinese; the duaghter can't read it. 




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OR watch some fairy tale videos online and compare them to the Grimm Brother's versions: