What does my name mean?
Who was I named after?
Where is our family originally from?
I have explained to the students that because we are all different and come from different backgrounds, our answers will not all be the same. Some families reach back generations and identify with one heritage. Some families embrace many different components to their heritage and some families might not have a focused idea how to describe their heritage is and are creating it right now. The focus is not on right or wrong answers, but on how we are all so different yet so valuable. We have had some insightful discussions and your children are impressing me every day :-)
You children may also be asking you for information about family or friends, as one section of the magazine is about someone that they consider to be a hero. I am touched by the pride they show in those folks that have served in the armed forces and in human service fields. We have so many heros walking among us.
The students have been told that they will be writing about their friends and about their families. There is a space in the magazine for a picture of their friends and a picture of their family. Students have been told that they can bring a photograph from home,if one is available or they can choose to draw a picture in the provided space. The photograph is NOT mandatory, sometimes we see more in a picture that a child draws, than we will in a photograph, so either option is fine.
We will continue working on this piece for several days, as we want the students to take their time and put thought into each aspect of their writing.