Defining Identity: Dyamonde Daniel and My Name is María Isabel

Students explore the concept of identity and what makes a person who they are by reading the core texts Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel and My Name is María Isabel.

Unit Summary

In this unit, students explore the concept of identity and what makes a person who they are. By reading the texts Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes and My Name is María Isabel by Alma Flor Ada, students explore some of the different aspects of a person’s identity and how they should treat people who have different identities. In Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel, students see the importance of getting to know a person and not making judgements about a person based on aspects of their identity or their actions. In My Name is María Isabel, students learn about the importance of respecting and valuing people’s names. Throughout the unit, students also have multiple opportunities to reflect on their own identities and learn about their classmates’ identities. Based on Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework (Learning for Justice), the unit strives to help students develop a positive self-identity while also affirming the dignity of other people in order to set the foundation for further units that explore diversity, justice, and action. 

This unit sets a strong foundation for reading, writing, and academic discourse. Through daily reading, discourse, and writing, students will dive deep into characters and study the way in which authors develop characters. Students will learn that characters are nuanced and that character traits and feelings often influence a character’s actions.

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Texts and Materials

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Core Materials

Assessment

These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills. Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit.

Unit Prep

Essential Questions

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  • What makes me who I am? 
  • How should we treat people who are different from us? 
  • Why are our names important?

Vocabulary

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Text-based

cherish determined delighted empathetic extraordinary grateful identity impatient insist irritated lonely misunderstanding observant odd open-minded reassure reflective scowl self-aware stubborn

Root/Affix

-ful im- mis- re-

To see all the vocabulary for this course, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Lesson Map

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    SL.3.1

Describe a few key aspects of your identity.

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  • Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel — Chapter 5

    RL.3.3

Analyze how Dyamonde and Free are similar.

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  • My Name Is María Isabel — Chapter 4

    RL.3.3

Analyze if María feels welcome at her new school.

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  • My Name Is María Isabel — Chapters 5 and 6

    RL.3.3

Explain why María Isabel is feeling thankful.

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Assessment

Common Core Standards

Core Standards

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L.3.1

L.3.1.f

L.3.1.i

L.3.2

L.3.2.e

L.3.2.e

L.3.2.f

L.3.3

L.3.3

L.3.3.a

L.3.3.a

L.3.3.b

L.3.4

L.3.5

L.3.5

L.3.6

RL.3.2

RL.3.3

SL.3.1

SL.3.1.a

SL.3.1.d

SL.3.6

W.3.3

W.3.3.a

W.3.3.d

Spiral Standards

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L.3.1.a

L.3.1.b

L.3.1.c

L.3.4.a

L.3.4.b

L.3.4.c

L.3.5.a

L.3.5.a

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RL.3.1

RL.3.10

RL.3.4

SL.3.1.b

W.3.10

W.3.4

W.3.5

W.3.6