The Traveling Party

For the purposes of this blog, my students will be identified by their dwarf or hobbit names, to protect their identity. Since there are 13 students participating in this journey, it made perfect sense to assign each child an alternate name selected from the members of “the traveling party” in The Hobbit. This page describes each “dwarf” in terms of language background, years in US schools, English proficiency (as measured by the WIDA assessment), age, and gender.

Kili-native Somali speaker, 6 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 12, female
Fili-native Arabic speaker, 4 yrs. in US schools, intermediate proficiency, age 11, male
Dwalin-native Arabic speaker, 2 yrs. in US schools, intermediate proficiency, age 12, male
Balin-native Farsi speaker, 5 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 11, female
Nori-native Korean speaker, 1 yr. in US schools, intermediate proficiency, age 11, female
Ori-native Urdu speaker, 1 yr. in US schools, intermediate proficiency, age 11, male
Oin-native Urdu speaker, 5 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 10, male
Gloin-native Urdu speaker, 5 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 11, female
Bifur-native Korean speaker, 3 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 11, male
Bofur-native Urdu speaker, 4 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 11, male
Bombur-native Korean speaker, 1 yr. in US schools, intermediate proficiency, age 12, male
Thorin -native Punjabi speaker, 1 yr. in US schools, intermediate proficiency, age 11, male
Bilbo-native Urdu speaker, 5 yrs. in US schools, advanced proficiency, age 12, male

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