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My Name Is Jorge by Jane Medina
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Jan 29, 2010

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bookshelves: culture, poetry-rhyme

My writing class in college read one poem from this book about Jorge's feelings when people were calling him George instead of his actual name. The poem held deep meaning for me and I need to remember to finish reading it, but the activity we did with it was one that I thought was beneficial for teachers who use this book. One of my classmate's views was that people mispronouncing his name made Jorge feel smaller, and we began sharing some of the things or times in our lives when other people made us feel small. I think this is a great oral activity that you could do with upper elementary or higher students maybe near the beginning of the year to get to know each other better and feel more like a classroom community.
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