Module 3: WHAT FOR?

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Topic one: individual purpose

to the teacher

This topic will need to extend to a second period with homework and other preparation between.

The significance of personal names, both historically and culturally, make this topic ideal as a multi-cultural exercise, particularly with classes where there are different cultural backgrounds represented. Cross-curricular work with the R.E. department would also be appropriate in connection with the study of Rites of Passage or the first chapters of Genesis (naming of animals).

It is important that through this topic on personal names, each member of the class begins to develop a sense of individual identity, self-worth, dignity, and thereby recognises that he/she has a unique contribution to make to society.

Names are far more important than would appear at first sight. Our names indicate who we are and to which family we belong. They also give a sense of continuity by connecting us with the past and taking us into the future. We will be remembered in the future by our names.

topic development

Ask the class the following:
• Why do we need names?
• Why do we feel strange on the first day at a new school?
• Why do we get annoyed when someone, who should know our name, forgets it or mixes us up with someone else?
• Do any of the class have nicknames? Why do we give people nicknames? Do they know any famous people with nicknames? How did they get them?

Read to them the excerpt from Roots on resource sheet 1 (page 6) A naming ceremony. Discuss why the naming was so important to Omoro.

Give the pupils worksheet 1 (page 3) What's in a name? which has some simple basic questions on this subject. When they have completed the first side, discuss particularly what they have written under d and e.


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