Lesson Plan Title : What's in a Name?

Age Range: Grade 9 through grade 12 (High School)

Overview and Purpose: Some students might have to really look to find the answers to this assignment. They will have to find the meaning of their family name and create a crest or banner that depicts that meaning.

Objective: The student will be able to describe what his family name means and whether it fits his family or not.


Internet access for each student


Have the students research their family names and describe what they mean. The students should then write one to two paragraphs about whether they think it fits their family or not and why or why not. Ask them to give specific examples in their reasoning. Have them present their findings to the class.

Wrap Up:

The students can also take the information they find and create a family banner or crest. It should be a representation of what the name means or stands for.