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Steps to Success:

  1. Use the chart below to pick one item from each category to incorporate into your paper.
  2. Research your designated research option, and make sure to cite your source(s).
  3. Complete the personal option.
  4. No rough draft is required, but you must work in Google Docs and share your paper with Ms. Cole once you begin to work on it. 
  5. Incorporate all that you learn into a well-developed 5 paragraph personal essay. Remember, all strong final drafts involve a writer who goes through the writing process!
Research Options (Pick 1) Personal Options (Pick 1)
  • Research your family crest
  • Research the origin of your surname (last name)
  • Research your family's country of origin
  • Research the origin of a family tradition
  • Create a family tree going back at least 4 generations. *This can take the place of one of your paragraphs*
  • Other teacher-approved option


  • Interview a family member
  • Thoroughly discuss a family tradition
  • How did you parents select your first name? What does it mean?
  • Describe your earliest childhood memory
  • Discuss information about a family business (can be past or present)
  • Other teacher approved option

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