My Name Is Yoon

Helen Recorvits Pictures by Gabi Swiatkowska



~Sense of Belonging



Helen Recorvits

~Lives in Glocester, RI with her husband

~Has 2 grown sons

~2nd Grade teacher

~Starting writing stories at 8 years old

~Loves reading and writing stories about interesting characters (determination and hope)

~Written Yoon series and 2 other books for older readers

Gabi Swiatkowska

~Lives in Brooklyn, NY with husband and daughter

~Won the Erza Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for My Name Is Yoon


Yoon is a little girl who just moved to America from Korea. She is struggling to accept living in a new place and having to do things differently, especially writing her name. Yoon’s name means Shinning Wisdom, and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn’t sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names−maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!



1st Grade- Shining Wisdom

CC.1.4.1.A: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information.

CC.1.4.1.U: With guidance and support, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing including in collaboration with peers.

Being provided a website to use the children will use the computers to research the meaning of their name. They then will create a small paragraph comparing their selves to what their names mean. The students will also complete a self-portrait to accompany the paragraph. This will be hung in the hall under the banner “Shining Wisdom”

2nd Grade- Culture Day

7.3.2.A: Identify the effect of local geography on the residents of the region (food, clothing, industry, trade, types of shelter, etc.).

1.5.2.B: Develop content appropriate for the topic. • Gather and organize information, incorporating details relevant to the topic. • Write a series of related sentences or paragraphs with one central idea.

Students will research about their own cultures and write three paragraphs explaining their findings and how it is incorporated into their lives. We will then have a culture day, where the children will present what they found out about their cultures. Everyone will be invited to bring in something from their cultural background to share with the class. The children’s families will be invited to this event.

Third Grade- All Around the World

8.4.3.A: Identify the elements of culture and ethnicity.

8.4.3.C: Compare and contrast selected world cultures.

1.5.3.C: Organize writing in a logical order.

· Include a recognizable beginning, middle, and end

Students will pretend they have just moved to a new country/culture. They will complete a three-paragraph essay describing the country/culture, explaining how they would feel, and suggesting things the native students could do to help make them feel welcomed. I will create a giant world map in the classroom to display their work. The papers will be placed corresponding to where the country is on the map