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ERIC Number: ED085741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 8
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The Environment of Names in the Classroom.
Clark, Thomas L.
The study of names, onomastics, can hold a fascination for all students at every grade level and in various subjects, provided the study is approached methodically and is adaptable at every grade level. One method is to begin with concentric rings whereby the student looks first at his own name and then moves to names of people and places around him in ever widening categories. Or, one can begin by asking students to look up their given names in a dictionary and providing the student with the chance to do a dictionary exercise. By comparing last names, students can often see patterns of national origin emerging. The histories of etymologies of names can provide interesting stories and a knowledge of the history of the language and can introduce various cultural elements into name selection. Street names, pets' names, the names of cities, topographic names, state names, and so on, can all be incorporated in various interdisciplinary studies. While moving through the various approaches to onomastics, the student can grasp the importance of names study, can begin to see order in the apparent chaos of names surrounding him, and can discover on his own other forms of names. (HOD)
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Note: Paper given at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (61st, Las Vegas, Nov. 24-27, 1971)