This is a group assignment that addresses the goals of using technology, teamwork skills, simple research, and making an oral presentation.
Overall goal: Create a PowerPoint presentation of 5-10 minutes and present it to the class.
Your presentation should include:
Please see the grading rubric in the box at the bottom of this page.
Each person in the group will select one or two surnames. You may choose your own surname or other surnames in your families, such as your grandfathers' surnames or your grandmothers' maiden names. If two students have the same surname, one of you should choose a different one. Answer the questions below for each name studied.
What is the derivation of the surname (the language and word it comes from)?
The surname probably fits into one of these categories. Figure out which one and explain if necessary.
Has anyone in your family ever changed his or her surname for some reason (besides a woman adopting her husband's surname)?
If there is an interesting family story about your surname, please include it.
When you have finished the research, work together to write two or three sentences of reflection about surnames.
On your final slide, list the references you have used.
This assignment is worth five points. Each of the 10 items in the rubric is worth 0.5 points.