World Lit: 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
  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can analyze cultural elements in a memoir in order to infer how cultural identity is central to the meaning of a work.

Opening Session
Let’s talk about names! How did you get your name? Are you named after someone? Is your name common in another language? Have you ever wished you had a different name?

Work Session
Today we’re going to read a memoir called “By Any Other Name.” This is kind of a long one, so we will go through and read together as a class, stopping to discuss as usual.

After we finish reading, I want to continue our class discussion on names. Then, I would like for everyone to write a two paragraphs in which you consider how you would have felt or reacted if you had been in Santha or Premila’s position. You can make this into a short narrative story, or just describe your reactions.

Closing Session
Share out! I will take a couple volunteers to share their stories with the class!

Formative (book check)

Process (scaffolding)

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