Before reading, “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros, a Latina author, the students all predicted what the piece would be about based on the title. We discussed that predictions (like scientists with hypothesises) are educated guesses about what happens next based on clues we find. We read the piece underlining postive words about the name and circling negative words. Afterwards, students worked in small groups charting out their findings & discussing how the author feels about her name. Quick writes were are response to the text, as everyone made connections by journaling about their own names. I loved hearing from those that were brave enough to share with the class the stories of their names. We ended class talking about symbolism & creating crests that symbolized each student. I love how much we are learning & sharing!
Predictions, Connections, & Symbolismon August 22, 2013