Model of talking aloud how to apply FIRST-Letter mnemonic strategy when reading the first chapter of The Joy Luck Club: FIRST-L FIRST-Letter Strategy LISTS L = Look for clues. In the first chapter, I read that following her mother’s death and at the request of her father, Jung—Mei Woo takes her mother’s place in the Joy Luck Club along with Lindo Jong, Ying-ying St. Clair, and An-mei Hsu. The members of the Joy Luck Club now are Jung—Mei Woo, Lindo Jong, Ying-ying St. Clair, and An-mei Hsu. So the heading for this list is: Joy Luck Club members. I = Investigate the items. Joy Luck Club Members Jung-Mei Woo Lindo Jong Ying-ying St. Clair An-mei Hsu S = Select a mnemonic device using “FIRST.” Joy Always Likes You. T = Transfer the information in a card. Front and back of card: + Joy Luck Club Members Joy Always Likes You. Jung-Mei Woo An-mei Hsu Lindo Jong Ying-ying St. Clair S = Self test. FIRST F = Form a word. Jung—Mei Woo Lindo Jong Ying-ying St. Clair An-mei Hsu JLYA is not a word. I = Insert a letter or letters. After inserting a letter or letters, I cannot come up with a word using all four letters. However, I can form the word “Joy” using the first letter of the first member listed (while borrowing from the title and name of the club). R = Rearrange the letters After rearranging the letters, I cannot come up with a word. However, I can form a word with the remaining three letters (LYA) that I did not use in the step above LAY. S = Shape a sentence. JYLA I can shape the following sentence: Joy always likes you. T = Try combinations. Joy LAY is formed by combining two different steps: inserting letters and rearranging letters.