Other cultures Neat illustrations too Names are important in all cultures but they take a particularly higher evel of meaning for people who are immigrants from countries that make the racial minority pool of the USI oved how Unhei Youn Hye eventually came to terms with the value of her name and by default her identity The story was written straight to the point without any flourishes or unnecessary explanations You feel the way she gets hurt when other children couldn t be bothered to earn to pronounce her name and taking it as far as teasing her Then you feel her surprise and joy when other children showed her they actually cared than I suspect she expectedAs an adult and immigrant in the US I related to this book on so many Touch of Enchantment levels it actually brought back some uncomfortable memories related to people s reaction to my name This is definitely a book I wouldove to own 1 Text to Self This story reminded me a When Dads Don't Grow Up lot of when I went to college for my undergraduate degree and there was aarge group of Hmong students from Minnesota who also came to attend our small Miles from Kara liberal arts college One of the students I came to know fairly well just asked us to call him A as in theetter Just ike in this story with Unhei wanting to choose a different American name because she thought her name was too hard to pronounce A just settled on choosing something that he knew others would be able to pronounce I always wondered what his full Hmong name was but he never said It seemed to be very personal to him and I wondered what might have happened during his public school years for him to be so protective of it2 The students who read this book will be exposed to the perspective of coming into a school with a uniue ethnic name and how that can be a challenge Students
may not realize that when they make such a big deal about a name or augh even if not maliciously about not realize that when they make such a big deal about a name or augh even if not maliciously about sound of a name or word that is important to somebody else especially something as important as a name it can have a asting effect on that person s confidence and pride in their heritage Unhei had a very difficult experience on the bus to school with kids aughing about her name pronouncing it in funny ways and turning it into silly chants or funny rhymes I think it is also important for our students to realize that these students on the bus were not necessarily intent on making her feel bad They were certainly being insensitive but mostly because they were not putting themselves in making her feel bad They were certainly being insensitive but mostly because they were not putting themselves in shoes We always need to measure our words and actions carefully because one need to measure our words and actions carefully because one word can destroy another person in an instant It was wonderful to see that a kind boy and class eventually helped Unhei embrace her name despite her initially wanting to choose a name for herself3 Remembering When did Unhei decide to choose a different name for herselfUnderstanding How would you describe Joey from the storyApplying If you had met Unhei on the bus the first day what uestions would you have asked herAnalyzing How would you compare Unhei s name to the other names in the jarEvaluating What is your opinion on how Unhei s teacher handled her first day of school Could he have done better Why or why notCreating If everyone in your class was given a Korean name using a name finder website that tells the meaning of names tell what name you would give five people from your class and why Remember we are working on building others up just as Unhei needed to be built up so the names you choose should reflect this. Of her classmates comes to her neighborhood and discovers her real name and its special meaning On the day of her name choosing the name jar has mysteriously disappeared Encouraged by her new friends Unhei chooses her own Korean name and helps everyone pronounce it Yoon .
Udents throw answer out of their hands and yell the answer Students CONNECTIONS Teacher Yes we are making connections As I read be thinking about ways you can connect the story to yourself other books and the world We will make stops along our journey to chat along the wayOpening MovesMy opening moves consisted of activating thinking by drawing attention to the setting I also invited students to make connections our LA standard focus for the theme I reminded them of our theme focus by asking them to High Heat look for and recall information by providing a physical responseRationaleThe rationale for this book fits perfectly with our theme of family in a historical and personal context It also mirrors the topics of the other books in the text set The Name Jar beautifully portrays a young Korean girl trying to maintain her cultural identity while trying to fit into her new home Moving to the United States from foreignand will always be frightening and terrifying New customs and a new anguage everything is so different And that s exactly how Unhei felt on her first day of school Completely embarrassed by her name that she told the other students that she didn t have a name Instead of bullying they made a name jar for her filled with slips of paper with new and exciting names In the end stick with what you got Don t et anyone change you be who you are and regret nothing It s always better to be uniue and different Being the same is boring I ove to read books that students can earn about cultural diversity stories that will spark the reader s curiosity to
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About Tolerance In Thetolerance in the and outside the classroom So when I read The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi I thought what an awesome book to read aloud to my students on the first day of class As a teacher this book gives me an opportunity to have conversations with my students about welcoming new students into the class community and being sensitive toward students from a different country Choi is an International Reading Association s Children s Book Award winner and is known for her beautiful story illustrations This realistic fiction is recommended for K 2 grade students but can still be read out oud in higher elementary grades The Name Jar can create many teachable moments in the classroom For example it can teach about cultural differences tolerance kindness pride in one s identity and developing friendships In this story Unhie is a new student who arrives in the United States from Korea Her new environment is now different from her home country Unhie has to earn how to adapt to her new surroundings but she is struggling She wants to make friends with everyone but when the children on the school bus make fun of her Korean name she is reluctant to use it in class Why doesn t she have a name one student asked The next day of school Unhie finds a jar on her desk filled with American names writtenby her classmates on pieces of paper so she can choose a name When she got home she told her mom I think I would A treatise on the law of marital rights in Texas like my own American name Unhie thinks that if she changes her name the school kids will not make fun of her What name did Unhie choose Did she used her Korean name or picked an American name from the jar Well you should pick up The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi at yourocal Cute children s book I m not sure where I saw this title but I ike to read children s books occasionally The story is a good way to help children earn about. Of school she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week Her new classmates are fascinated by this no name girl and decide to help out by filling a glass jar with names for her to pick from But while Unhei practices being a Suzy Laura or Amanda one. The Name Jar was a good story to share in the primary grades particularly at the beginning of the school year It was about a girl whose family had just moved from Korea to America and she was attending her first day of school Initially she was teased about her name by kids on the school bus and then became intimidated about sharing her name about her name by kids on the school bus and then became intimidated about sharing her name her classmates It also made her feel embarrassed about being different than the other kids Unhei earned that her The first day of school is hard for anyone because of all its strangeness but this picture book about a girl from Korea depicts how much harder it is for someone new to this country or whose name is different from the names of her classmates When she introduces herself to the other children on the school bus they make fun of her name mispronouncing it and making jokes Thus Unhei decides not to reveal her name to her classmates instead she plans to adopt an American name from the jar of names her classmates fill with suggestions Still Unhei takes comfort from a gift from her grandmother when she eft Korea a wooden block with her name carved in it When she decides to her own name she explains her reasons why to her classmates and teacher The softly colored illustrations and text many discussion uestions and food for thought about cultural identity names and proper behavior toward anyone new to a classroom Charming story of a newly arrived immigrant to the USA a Korean girl and her uest to fit in by choosing an American name What name will Unhei choose It must be so difficult to grow up in a culture not your own This book is about a Korean family that moves to the US and this ittle girl is trying to figure out her name On the bus to school boys tease her when they can t pronounce her name and she is embarrassed The teacher asks her name and she says she does not know Unhei is different but not that different So the students put names into a jar so she can pick a new name but through the process she decides to keep her name which means grace Funny no one thought to try calling her GraceThe name stamp is brought up in here which is very beautiful If people ever see Asian art that ittle red circle is a signature Unhei does find some friends and she does start to fit in at school Actually the nephew switched schools this year to be in the same one as his sister He has had a hard time making friends and he isn t used to that School has been rough for him I think he understood this book and it resonated with him Yesterday he did come home and say that he made a new friend Things are moving along He did Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss like this story and I think that s why It isn t his normal book to enjoy He gave this 3 stars Second Book in the Text Set second read aloudOpeningTeacher Good morning everyone Let s start today by taking aook at our culture map simple but Don't Hex with Texas large world map hanging near reading circle The main character in today s story journey comes from Korea Please stay seated and with the help of just your eyes and your pair share pal try toocate Korea on the map When you think you have it give me a thumbs up On the count of three et s point our fingers in the direction of Korea I count to three and cheer on all those correct points I am going to mark
on our with our mini book cover stick small printed cover on map Now whisper the answer to my next uestion into your hand and hold it closed tight This week we are working on making On the count of three throw it at me123 st. The new kid in school needs a new name Or does sheBeing the new kid in school is hard enough but what about when nobody can pronounce your name Having just moved from Korea Unhei is anxious that American kids will ike her So instead of introducing herself on the first day.korea on our