by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 1991.


* After reading this book, answer the following questions in complete sentences and reflective thoughts before going on with your invitation.

1. Discuss the impact on Chrysanthemum after the remark that she was named after a flower. Do unusual names create a situation that lead to name calling?

2. Should the other students have kept their comments to themselves about Chrysanthemum's name? Were the students doing the name calling bullies?

3. Should name calling be banned in schools? Why or why not? How would you ban it and what would be the consequences for breaking the rules?

4. Look at the positive change towards Chrysanthemum the students had after one person (in this case, the teacher) made such a kind, compassionate observation about Chrysanthemum's name. Can such an act of kindness really make a difference?

5. Have you ever disliked your name? What would you prefer to be called or named?

INVITATIONS: select one

* Research the most popular list of boys' and girls' names. Create a dictionary using them.

** What is the history behind your name? Design a mural which reflects your name, your personality, and the history behind your name.

*** Write an article for a consumer magazine about unusual names for kids..

****Write a letter to the editor commenting on the behavior of Victoria and Rita.


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This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center. © July 1998 Judith Peckham