Three-Minute Video About Naming Traditions Across Cultures and Languages
by Tatiana Florival
“This book is great for learning about names and sharing about identity and culture, and I really think that everyone should have it in their home libraries and in their school libraries. Take it to the park—just get a copy for everywhere.” —Jane Kim
Jane Kim’s kindergarten students at Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst, New York, have a special relationship with their names: They have a written or spoken name, and then they also each have their own unique sign name!
A sign name is a name given to a person by someone in the Deaf community. Usually, it is based on the person’s personality or features. After reading the Caldecott Honor–winning Alma and How She Got Her Name, Jane’s students were excited to share the origins of their sign names with their classmates!
Watch Jane’s Scholastic Book Clubs–exclusive teacher review video to discover how you can use Alma and How She Got Her Name with your students to:
• Explore naming traditions from different cultures
• Make text-to-self connections by discussing name backgrounds
• Examine decision-making skills
Plus learn how Jane uses Alma and How She Got Her Name virtually with her students as a read-aloud!
How will you use Alma and How She Got Her Name with your students? Join the conversation with us and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
Alma and How She Got Her Name: Copyright © 2018 by Juana Martinez-Neal. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.
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