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Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources for The Name Jar

Use The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi to strengthen your students comprehension skills, build their vocabulary, and help them understand how words work.

Going to a new school can be hard. But when you're going to a new school in a new country, it's especially challenging. In The Name Jar, Unhei worries that none of her new classmates will be able to pronounce her Korean name. That's when she decides to choose a new name. Soon, all of her American classmates are eager to give Unhei an American name. Make connections with the text, ask questions about Unhei's experience, and summarize this warm and engaging story about diversity and the importance of being true to yourself.

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About the Book

Title: The Name Jar
Author: Yangsook Choi
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: Back to School, Friendship, Social Awareness, Cultural Diversity
ISBN: 9780307793447
Publisher's Summary:
The new kid in school needs a new name! Or does she? Being 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 like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day 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 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-Hey."
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