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ERIC Number: EJ907291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
What's in a Name? Honoring Students' Cultural Identities
Gavigan, Karen
Library Media Connection, v29 n3 p26-27 Nov-Dec 2010
A name is one of the first things one learns about people. Many times the first word a young child learns is his or her name. Furthermore, names often serve as an indicator of a person's cultural identity. Unfortunately, for many English Language Learners (ELLs) and other students who immigrate to America, a name can be an embarrassment rather than a source of pride. When a student's name is mispronounced by teachers and peers it labels these students as different. Fortunately, there are numerous books for children and young adults that can help ELLs, and other immigrant students, see themselves represented in positive ways. This article presents a selective list of titles and activities that librarians can use to help all students appreciate similarities and differences in their names and their identities. These titles can serve as a starting point for conversations about the importance of cultural diversity.
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Language: English
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