Name Game

The Name Game

Wach’s “What’s in a Name?

Shared by Sarah Alexander Tsai

By investigating the origins and meanings of their own names, students learn how to blend primary research (especially personal interviews) with focused personal narrative.  Since this fairly low-stakes assignment also functions nicely as a community builder, I like to assign it early on.  Recommended accompanying readings for this assignment are as follows:

  • Bonnie Wach’s “What’s in a Name?”
  • Tom Rosenberg’s “Changing My Name after Sixty Years”
  • Sandra Cisneros’ “My Name”


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3 responses to “Name Game

  1. Alison

    This is a wonderful assignment. Does anyone know where to find Bonnie Wach’s essay?

  2. Still looking, but here is a commentary to look at (an to check against ‘original writing’).

    Just found it via Google:

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