Names Nombres by Julia Álvarez is a personal essay where Julia Alvarez recalls her family’s early years as Dominican immigrants in America. She describes her reactions to the mispronunciation of her family members’ names. Eager to fit into school, Alvarez allows herself to be called American names and nicknames. Although proud of her heritage and native language, young Alvarez struggles to fit in.
Alvarez calls attention to the layers of difficulties when it comes to adjusting to not only a new language, but a new culture as a whole.
Names/Nombres is a great story to read during Hispanic Heritage Month!
Included in this purchase:
- Suggested Lesson Procedure for Teachers
- Before Reading Word Sort Activity
- Before Reading Group Discussion Questions
- Vocabulary Terms and Graphic Organizer
- Background Information on the author Julia Alvarez
- Reading Comprehension Questions
- After Reading Journal Prompt based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
- Answer Keys
File Types Included:
Teacher Guide and Answer Keys (PDF)
Student Copy of Activities (PDF—ready to print)
Student Copy of Activities (Word document—editable for teachers)
Vocabulary and Author’s background (Powerpoint Presentation)
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