Creating Name Poems

Contributor: Emily Love. Lesson ID: 10538

Names tell so much about a person. Practice writing name poems about yourself and a character from a storybook video. You will also get to write about a special person in your life!

categories

Writing

subject
English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Watch the short video Planet Nine from outer space created by The Washington Post:

Imagine you discovered a new planet. What would you name it? How would you decide on a name? What factors would influence your choice?

A planet's name is an important way to help people understand and remember it.

A person's name is just as important and is often a large part of the person's identity.

Think about your own name for a moment. Have you ever asked your parents how they chose your name? Maybe you were named after a family member, or maybe your name has a special meaning. Your name is a part of who you are. 

Creating a name poem is a fun form of creative writing. 
It is also good practice for character description and the personal narrative form of writing.

The Writing a Name Poem (readwritethink) worksheet takes you through a series of steps to create a poem about yourself based on your name and various interests. This name poem will help you develop your writing skills by requiring you to use descriptive language. Additionally, you will have to be very thoughtful about your word choice in order to communicate your ideas in a clear and direct manner.  

Before you begin creating name poems, take a look at these explanations for some of the worksheet's steps:

  • Line 4 directs you to describe a color without naming the color.
    Examples:
    Saying "It is like the sun," would indicate it is yellow or orange.
    Saying "It is like a speckled robin's egg in the nest," would indicate it is a light blue color.  
  • Line 5 instructs you to name something you remember experiencing with friends or family that makes you smile.
    Example:
    "It is a night around the campfire, making s'mores and telling stories." 
  • Lines 6, 7, and 8 work together as you think about the impact a person has had on your life. Abstract concepts are ideas or values that you cannot hold in your hand like bravery, love, freedom, trust, etc.
    Example:
    “It is the memory of my Great Grandma Hopper/Who taught me love and forgiveness/When she raised her three girls all on her own." 
  • Line 10 requires you to write 1-2 sentences about what you believe in. You could talk about your family, your values, your faith, or anything that influences the choices you make.
    Examples:
    "It means treating others the way I want to be treated."
    "It means trying my best even when it's hard."

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