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Name:________________ Per: ____

Name Poem Graphic Organizer



Using Sandra Cisneros My Name as a mentor text, lets think about the significance of your name. For each of the questions below, list at least
5 words/ideas in each column. You may simply write words that answer the question, or feel free to write an entire phrase. Be sure to include
good details and reasons for the why questions. This is your brainstorming page.

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What does your name
literally mean? Whats its
origin?
(Some names are symbolic,
while other names are
simply names that parents
liked the most. Hint: you
might need to look up the
meaning of your name for
this.)
Is there a story behind the
significance of the name or
how your parents decided
our name? Do you share it
with anyone else in your
family or anyone famous?
Cisneros mentions that
she does not want her
name to mean the same
thing that it
metaphorically means for
her grandmother. What
do you think your name
means? What does your
name signify to you?
What might others think
of your name that you
either agree with or not?
Are there stereotypes
others have about your
name?
(Some names are very
common in school, does
that apply for you? If so,
what does this mean for
you?)
Would you change your
name or not? If you
would, why? If not, why
not?

Name:________________ Per: ____