AIM: To what extent can one develop an understanding of

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AIM: to what extent can
one develop an
understanding of
geography and history
simply by researching
one’s surname?
“What’s in a Name?”
“What’s in a Name?”
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The assignment is for you to research the origins of your last name / surname. Where is it from? What does the name
mean? How old is it? Has the name changed over time?
Discuss all of the information you find in a brief typed essay (double spaced, Times New Roman, font size 12), 250 - 300
words in length (about one page). Remember to use parenthetical citations in addition to the creation of your
bibliography.
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As part of your assignment, include the following:
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Cover / Title Page (Page One)
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This page should represent or symbolize your last name. It could be a “coat of arms or some other heraldic device, or it
simply could be your own drawing or artistic creation (E.g.: a collage) best representing your last name. (20 points)
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Map (Page Two)
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Create a map yourself (do not simply copy a map and then draw movement lines over that map) illustrating the original
location and possible movement of the last name. Include all relevant geographic data such as a compass rose, key and
scale. (20 points)
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The Essay (Page Three and possibly Page Four) (30 points)
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Cite whatever sources you use (genealogical books, family history books, regional history books, websites, atlases,
interviews, etc.). However, you must use at least three different types of sources. We will have a lesson in class on
how to cite sources and create bibliographies. (20 points)
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Bibliography (Page Five)
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Aesthetic Appeal
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Make sure that your entire assignment is neat and generally aesthetically pleasing. (10 points)
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Due Monday, September 29th, 2014.
If you do not understand any of the words used in this assignment description use your dictionary to look them up.
Collage
Or some other
form of art that
communicates
exactly what
you want.
Bibliography

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