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By Yangsook Choi

Suggested Ages:

Late Elementary

Themes:

Back to School
Cultural Awareness

Speech Sounds:

R (Pre-Vocalic)
R (Vocalic)
R Blends
S
CH
S Blends
F
SH
G
T
J
V
K
Z
L
L Blends

Adaptability:

Narrative Type:

Complete Episode

Language Concepts:

Pragmatics
Sequencing
Predicting
Inferencing
Comparing/Contrasting
Verb Tenses

This book is about Unhei who is feeling anxious about fitting in at her new school. She decides instead of introducing herself as Unihei, she would choose an American name from a jar because she is scared to feel different. At the end of the story, Unihei learns that her name holds so much more love and meaning to her and her family than Laura, Suzy, or Amanda.

The Name Jar promotes and celebrates cultural identities and differences!

This story has a Complete Episode structure with distinct Attempt/Reaction Cycles. You can adapt/simplify the text to fit the levels of various student needs

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I recommend using this book for:

  • Patience
  • Friendship

Students will need background on:

  • Going to School
  • Foreign Languages
  • Being New

Vocabulary:

strange
relieved
announce
arrive
identity
tease
familiar
meaning