Students will use their metacognitive skills, knowledge, vocabulary, and creative thinking and writing skills to complete the following activity. This activity can be done individually or in cooperative teams of two or four.
Each student will write his or her name vertically down the lefthand side of a sheet of paper, writing each letter separately. The student will think of a word or phase to match each letter. The words or phase must correspond with each letter and be arranged to formulate a positive statement or prediction about the person.
Students are to develop a paragraph or story based on their name descriptions. These are to be shared orally with the class. Students are to explain the process they used in developing the descriptors for their individual names. They must also justify why or how the descriptors accurately represent what or who they are or plan to become. This activity may take more than one class period to complete.
This activity is an excellent homework assignment for bilingual students and their parents who are learning English as a second language.
Ask students to read the statement from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: "With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost."
Excerpted from Beyond Rhetoric and Rainbows: A Journey to the Place Where Learning Lives ©1996 University of Illinois Extension.