“My name means a country”: Name Dropping

‘I celebrate and sing myself…’-Walt Whitman

Students explored names through a series of prompts which began with a reading a a girl named jack by Jaqueline Woodson, What occurs in the naming of someone or something? How does it sound when spoken? How does it feel to be announced or announce someone by their name? Who speaks the name like you do?

Lesson Note: ‘…the name a person bears through life is something [they] must carry, and it is sometimes the only thing others have to judge you by before they meet you. Your name travels ahead of you like a portent of things to come, a thing from which others make assumptions about people.’-Tim Lockwood, Writer.

Ms. Ferndandez, 5th Grade

a girl named aaliyah
by Aaliya S.

My mom gave me my name off of a

In the novella, it was Leah and my mom
wanted my nickname to be Leah so she
just added “Aa” so it could be Aalyah.

My mom picked out my name because
the name my dad picked out, she didn’t

Two things I like bout my name is
that my mom picked it up and that I
could have a lot of nicknames

One thing that I hate is that a lot of
people pronounce my name and my
last name wrong.

My Name
by Jasmin R.

My name means how I express

My name comes from my

My parents gave me my name
because they think it sounds

The things I like about my name
is how people say my name when
they call me.

My name doesn’t match my personality
because everyone thinks I’m sweet and nice
but I’m actually calm and quiet almost

My Name
by Leah C.

My name means I’m

My grandparents wanted
to name me as a unicorn name.

They imagined me in rainbow
colors dancing on clouds
with a happy face.

When I was born. My
father wanted to name
his girl princess.

But the women said no.

We won’t have a girl
named princess!

Then my uncle pulled up
my purple blanket back

My father mad not talking
to my mom

For no good reason
but to ask if her
parents were crazy, my mother

My nicknames were
better than what my
father wanted to name

A boy named Alejandro
by Alex O.

I wondered where
my name was from it was
from my Great Grandfather
with his great name.

Alejandro is like McDonald’s
it has 9 letters in its name.

I heard that Alejandro is common
but I think it’s actually super rare
because I am a lefty.

And only 12% of the population is lefties.

I have been called Alex, because my actual name
is long, like really long!

My name is Alejandro.

My Name Means Cheery
by Shareese D.

Bright and cheerful
my father said. My mother
didn’t agree with
my father. She wanted
to name me something else
and my father said that is a
name for a boy.

My father said that I was
going to be special.

I dislike my name
It is made of trees. I didn’t
feel satisfied with just
one name, so I took many.

There are 8 letters in my name
Each with a different meaning to me.

But not one matches
each word in my

I dislike how people
say and spell my name,
“Sahrese” I hate my
the nickname “Reese”, “Reese’s

Cheerful Cheery. I’m not
Cheerful or Cherry.

I wished that my
name wasn’t Shareese

by Omar D.

My name comes from my family.

My parents gave me this name
They went back and forth.

What I like is it is short
It’s fun. It’s cute.

Mr. Maciasz, 5th Grade

My Name Means
by Mya W.

The color of my name is pink
My nickname is Myila
I was given my name because my mom said it’s beautiful

My name means I’m kind
My name comes from a tree
I was given my name by my mom.

a boy name Gio
by Gio V.G.

My name means a gift from God. The color of my name is grey.
My mom and dad gave me my name and it didn’t come from anybody.
I have 8 letters in my name.

by Adalynn Z.

My name means noble and kind
My name comes from Germany.
Sometimes I don’t like the idea
of my name. Sometimes I think
it’s a beautiful name. I think it fits me well. My
mother gave it to me and I think it is special.

by Salvador M.

My name means a country
Ronaldo is the person
Ronaldo is better and
everybody knows that!

Mrs. Respress, 5th Grade

My Name Poem
by Lia M.

My name means rope
It is the color yellow
Once I made a fake name and it was Marisol
Marisol is the Spanish word for sunflower.
Marisol has seven letters.
Weeks come in sets of seven too.

My Name
by Daniel T.

My name means God is my judge
My dad gave me my name

I was going to be named Leinad
but then they changed it to Daniel
and then added a Jr.

I like my name because it can be shortened
and it fits my personality a lot
and my name is the color yellow.

by Jayda G.

My name means wise.
It is the color green.
Once I made a fake name and it
was Aliza.

My Name Poem
by G.E.

My name means the house
behind the trees.
It is the color lime green.

Once I made a fake name

My name is the same as
a number ob 8 crayons in the box
My name came from my



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
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“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
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