This activity serves as an introduction to a narrative writing assignment. To provide context for this activity, teachers will give students an overview of the Census Bureau. Then, students will complete a Quickwrite about their name and its history. After that, students will examine and answer questions about census data on popular last names, listen to a story about names, and complete a Quickwrite about that story. To further prepare for their narrative writing assignment about names (which is not part of this activity), students will jot down their thoughts in a graphic organizer.
160 minutes (potentially split across different days)
The following items are part of this activity. The items and their sources appear at the end of this
Students will analyze census data and information to learn how trends in last names are good indicators of changes in the population.