What's in a Name?

Missions
Dec 31, 1969
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Will you: 

For this mission, you will compose two pieces of writing about your name: a poem and a personal essay. This mission can be completed in isolation, or after reading Round 1 of Ernesto Quinonez's novel Bodega Dreams

For this mission, you will compose two pieces of writing about your name: a poem and a personal essay. This mission can be completed in isolation, or after reading Round 1 of Ernesto Quinonez's novel Bodega Dreams

What's in a Name Sample

Part 1: The Poem
Use this poem template to introduce your many names:

My Name Poem

I am...
... for my ... from ...
who ...
... for my ..., for ...
And ... for my ... and his/her ...
But to ... I’m ... and to ... , ...
... prefers ...,
And to ..., well, they think I’m ...
And to those who don’t know me, ...
But the truth is, I am ...
I am ....

Part 2: The Personal Essay
Using your natural voice, explain everything we should know about your name. You should write what you already know as well as interview a family member about how and why you ended up with that name. This should be a minimum of three paragraphs.

Guiding Questions:
•How do you feel about your name? Do you like or dislike it?
•Where does your name originate from? (Are you named after a family member, a movie star, and idea?)
•Is there anything about your name that we don’t know? Explain the story.
•If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

In your notebook, plan all the details and stories you can share about your name. If you conduct an interview, take notes here. Draft and revise both pieces of writing in google drive, then post on youthvoices.net.

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