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Names, Claims and Tikki Tikki Tembo
Transcript of Names, Claims and Tikki Tikki Tembo
Using children's literature to think about etymology and analysis.
While reading, good readers form their own ideas about the characters and the overall meaning of what they read.
This year, we will focus on being able to make claims about what we read and supporting those claims with evidence from the text.
Claim and Evidence Model
As we read this children's story together, we will pause to make some claims and consider what evidence we have to support those claims.
Additionally, think about what this story tells us about NAMES and their meaning.
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Shakespeare famously wrote, in Romeo and Juliet, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
Do you think names have any meaning? Do they affect who we are or how we feel about others?
The meaning of names
Based on the first page of the story, what claim can we make about how this mother feels about each of her children?
Claim: The mother in this story values her first son more than her second.
Now, what evidence is there in the story to support this idea?
1. "Her second son she called Chang which meant little or nothing."
2. But her first and honored son, she called Tikkit tikki tembo no sa rembo chari bari ruchi pip peri pembo, which meant "the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world."
What claim can we make about the two boys in the story based on this part of this book?
Claim: The boys like to play dangerous games.
Claim: The brothers care for each other.
A Claim About Names:
What claim about NAMES can we make based on this story?
What evidence is there to support this claim?
The story ends with the idea that the whole country of China changed its naming tradition as a result of what happened to Tikki Tembo. Is it also suggested that the questionable policy of valuing your first child more than your second changed?
What do you think your name says about you?
Back to New Beginnings
Now, in the journal section of your binder, I'd like you to write for 10 minutes silently.
Write about a New Beginning.
You could write a story about a beginning of some kind; you could write about a time you or a friend or acquaintance or character experienced a new beginning; you could write about how you feel about beginnings in general...