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The Name Jar

Choi, Yangsook (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2003. 40 pages
First published: 2001
ISBN: 9780440417996 (paperback)
9780307793447 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Unhei has just moved to the United States with her family and she is having trouble fitting in. With a Korean name that is difficult to pronounce she worries that her classmates, like the kids on the bus, will tease and make fun of her. So rather than introduce herself on her first day of school, she decides to pick a new name, and the class responds helpfully by filling a glass jar with a myriad of choices. In the end, her inner strength guides her and leads the class into a worthwhile lesson on the meaning of names.

Large expressive paintings complement a text peppered with the authentic cultural details of Unhei’s world. As a read-aloud, this book is an excellent resource for diverse classrooms, offering a rich opportunity to explore some of the cultural and linguistic differences among students.

Readers may be inspired to investigate the history of their own names.

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    Consider the meaning of your name. Were you named after someone? Discuss whether you match the meaning of your name.

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    If you had to choose another name what would it be? Explain your choice in writing.

  •  Make a bookmark with your name and its meaning.
  •  

    Write a short poem (e.g. Haiku) about the meaning of your name.

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    Consider the meaning of your name. Were you named after someone? Discuss whether you match the meaning of your name.

  •  

    Organize the first names of your classmates in alphabetical order. How long does it take for all of you to get in line alphabetically?

  •  Make a bookmark with your name and its meaning.
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Geography, History and Citizenship