Je m’appelle Maryam
by Maryam Madjidi
Maryam est obligée de quitter son pays natal car ses parents ont décidé d'immigrer dans un pays libre. Dans un premier temps, la petite fille est malheureuse car elle doit apprendre une nouvelle langue et se familiariser avec un autre univers.
Originally written in French
Number of pages: 45 pages
Recommended FSL Programs and Grades
Grade 9 (Open, Core [Applied and Academic])
Grade 10 (Core, Applied)
Grade 10 (Core, Academic)
Author: Maryam Madjidi
Setting: uncertain where character moves from and to
Notes from a teacher-reader
Short read (45 pages)
Story on a little girl moving from "Là-bas" to "Ici"
It is about the struggle of a new language and different food.
Hook: Focus on identity challenges of arriving to a new country.
Unspecific setting: Does not say where story takes place, only mentions “ici” and “là-bas”.
Starts in the country where she was born (because the country she’s from is not clearly identified, it can be relatable to students).
Teacher read the book in under 10 minutes.
Iran often not included in la Francophonie, but in Iran, French was often taught as a foreign language. French was a popular language for a while in Iran (regime changes affected this) - Natasha Faroogh
Good tie into travel vocabulary, prépositions de lieu, future tense verbs.
Repetitive vocabulary and short simple sentences
Relatable to newcomers
Accessible vocabulary. Not a challenging read
Feel free to contact the teacher-reader, Caitlin Doyle, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this novel.