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“My Name” Council I

Grades 5 and up

Written by Michelle Pilar Mansfield and Marc Rosner

 

Summary

Students share about their names

 

Objectives:

  • To tell stories, listen to stories, and learn about one another
  • To explore the topic of naming and what it carries
  • Ice-breaker to introduce yourself to your classroom community – great for the beginning of the year

 

Materials:

  • None

 

Open Council

 

Set context:

You may have heard the phrase “What’s in a name” Anyone know that phrase? What do you think it means? Well, we’re all called something. We all have a name. Some of us have more than one name. This is a Council about our names and what’s connected to the names we have

 

Speed rounds (select two or more):

 

  • Say your full name out loud in its full glory – all your names.
  • What do you like to be called?
  • Do you have a nickname? What is it? If you don’t have a nickname, is there one you would like to be called?
  • What does your name mean?
  • Someone famous with your name?
  • A person or a relative you are you named after?
  • A song or a movie or a book with your name in it?
  • Something about your name. Anything about your name! It can be as simple as: I’m a two “L” Michelle or I’m Marc with a “C.”

 

Prompt (Basic form): Tell a story about your name or nickname. Perhaps it’s something that you mentioned in the speed rounds or perhaps something else comes to mind.

 

Prompt (second round if time allows)

If you could change your name, would you? And what would it be?

 

Witness

Something you heard someone say?

 

Close

 

Additional Prompt: Tell a story about the history of your name. [Facilitator start]

Note: Give homework assignment to students a few days beforehand to ask their parents or caregivers.

 

 

 


 

 

“My Name” Council II

Using “My Name” from Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street

Grades 5 and up

Written by Michelle Pilar Mansfield and Marc Rosner

 

Summary

This Council follows a Council in which students shared stories about their names. This Council uses the one-page story “My Name,” from Sandra Cisneros’ book The House on Mango Street, and invites students to connect the stories of their names to the themes

 

Objectives:

  • To promote close reading and make connections to literature
  • To learn about one another

 

Materials:

  • “My Name” from The House on Mango Street

 

Open Council

 

Set context:

In our last Council we shared stories about our names. In the book The House on Mango Street, the narrator, Esperanza, tells the story of her name. I want read that piece to you now

 

Read:

“My Name” from The House on Mango Street.

 

Prompt:

Name something that stayed with you from the reading.

 

Prompt (web form):

Why? Why did what stayed with you from the reading stay with you? Often when something from a story or piece of art touches us it is because it connects to something that is true for us in our own lives – perhaps a memory or a story we were told, maybe even a wish for ourselves. Share the connection that was awakened in you.

 

Witness

What connection did you hear someone else say was awakened in them?

 

Close