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Name Tag Glyphs

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Name Tag Glyphs

Grades 2 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Susan Spangler

Susan Spangler

Fredonia, New York


National Council of Teachers of English



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In this lesson, students create a name tag using information about themselves.  Each student's name tag, while being similar, will visually represent personal information.  These name tags will help the teacher learn students' names, but they will also help the students get to know each other and practice a visual, contemporary literacy when they interpret glyphs made by others.  Students learn that communication is symbolic on a very fundamental level in this lesson.

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According to the NCTE definition of 21st Century Literacies, readers and writers must design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes as well as build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally.

Using glyphs allows students to design and share information without words, making it possible to communicate across cultures sometimes inaccessible because of language barriers.  Comparing their glyphs allows readers and writers to collaborate with others, and synthesize and analyze data using interdisciplinary skills.

Further Reading

NCTE Position Statement. NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies.  2008.

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