the chalkboard (without indicating
connection with reading) write the
first names of story characters that
the group will meet in its next assignment.
that we often associate
with certain types of people.
the name itself, with no other clue, suggests someone who is jolly,
mysterious, mischievous, sly, witty, fat or clever.
children to state what
the names on the board suggest.
have each student select one name
and write a
thumbnail sketch describing the physical and personality traits of an
imaginary person who bears that name.
the sketches are complete, have
look up the meaning of the name in their dictionaries or in "name
etymology" books, if available.
can compare their original ideas
with the new
have the students read the planned story and make simple charts on
paper that has been divided into three segments. Under the headings "My
(character's name)," "Etymology (character's name)" and "Story
(character's name)" they can list similarities and differences.