This PDF gives you all you need to have your students write interesting, informed analyses of their own names. The “What’s In a Name?” Essay combines autobiography, research, and a bit of opinion. It requires students to ask their families about their own names and research the etymological origins of their names. Great for the beginning of the year! Included is:
-a step-by-step assignment/instruction sheet (with checkboxes for each task) that you can give to students,
-a rubric (with categories for Structure, Process, Ideas, Language and Grammar),
-a detailed prewriting sheet,
-two mentor texts
The assignment would be perfect for use in a writing workshop or as a single writing assignment!