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The Name Jar

Elementary

Description

Unhei has just arrived with her family from Korea and is starting school. Her name is pronounced Yoon-hye, which means grace, but she feels awkward about it after some teasing on the school bus. She decides to choose a North American name and her classmates oblige her by filling a glass jar with their suggestions. Her mother reminds her that she and her grandmother went to a name master for Unhei's name and Unhei practices stamping her name with the beautiful name stamp her grandmother gave her. Finally, Unhei decides to keep her own name, and one of her classmates even has a stamp made for himself with the Korean characters for friend.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book is especially appropriate for use in developing caring school communities and appreciating diversity within the classroom.  It specifically addresses the concept of immigration  and helps with the inclusion of newcomers.  This book may also be used as a springboard to a an inquiry into culture and the origins of student names.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Community-Building and Participation
  • Human Rights (3)

    • Cultural Diversity
    • Education
    • Refugees and Immigration