Cultural Identity: Day 3, “By Any Other Name”


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. Georgia ELA
  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can analyze how an author presents a cultural identity through a story.

Opening Session
Think-Pair-Share: Look up the meaning and history of your name on (use your phone!). Tell your partner about your name, and share any interesting discoveries with the class.

Work Session
We’re going to read a story about names today! Flip in your Springboard to page 43, and let’s read “By Any Other Name” by Santha Rama Rau.

Please read with your table, alternating reading paragraphs aloud around the table. I’ll come around and help, monitor, and maybe jump in and read a little too 🙂 If your group finishes reading early, you can answer the Second Read questions on page 48 to help deepen your understanding of the story.

When everyone is done, let’s discuss this story. How does giving kids a “white” name help destroy their cultural identity?

Closing Session
Write a one-paragraph reflection: How would you have felt in Santha and Premila’s situation? How would you react if a teacher or  administrator took your name away on your first day of school?

Formative (Class discussion, reflection paragraph, second read questions)

Process (Scaffolding, vocab list, graphic organizer)

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