Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

WORRY Study Skills Strategy



Purpose of Strategy / Approach


Use the WORRY study skills strategy to organize information from books and lecture notes to improve comprehension of content by creating an all-inclusive framework whereby students can comprehend how the information from both sources fits together.


Rationale of Lesson


Students will examine through a variety of print, non-print, electronic, and other media the effects of “cultural integration” described in The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, an Asian American author, to develop their understanding of and grapple with the conflicts inherent in the fusion of Chinese and American cultures as well as to explore the themes, motifs, and symbolism in mother-daughter relationships.


Acknowledgement of Content Expert and Consultants


Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall


  • copies of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan in the unabridged text version, abridged sound recording (of the author published by Dove Audio in 1989 available on two cassette tapes or an audio compact disk running 3 hours long), and the movie version released by Hollywood Pictures in 1993
  • overhead projector or computer with projector
  • WORRY slide
  • WORRY poster (at least one)
  • copies WORRY pamphlet that can fit on an index card
  • index cards
  • glue sticks
  • tape
  • English journals or pieces of paper
  • pencils and or pens
  • model of talking aloud how to apply WORRY
  • WORRY flashcards
  • computer(s) with Microsoft Excel software
  • graph paper
  • checklist to assess student’s recorded notes
  • pencils and or pens
  • colored markers
  • highlighters

References and Web Resources


WORRY Study Skills References and Web Resources