This term another class was interested in learning about and creating Mighty Women. A third class will be beginning the activity after Spring Break.
The project begins with lots of discussion about diversity, imposed gender roles, inequality and the traits of a leader. We also spent time on body image and Barbies’ impossible physique.
Students began by discovering possible subjects to research. From these names, Mighty Women were assigned based on reading levels of available print materials and to ensure a diverse, global mix. Both online and print resources were used to complete research.
Students were asked to focus only on the most important facts so could only include what would fit on one library card.
Materials were organized into baskets. We switched to ziplocs when we began sewing to keep the pins and needles accounted for. Dolls were $1.25 – funded by the Book Fair – available at Dollar Tree.
After designing the costume, students used a step by step slide share on how to complete the sewing – available here. Fabric ends from Thrift store – funded by the Book Fair
The Slideshare allows each student to proceed at their own pace. For many students this was the first time they had done any sewing. No materials were to be brought in from home and no work could be taken to complete at home.
We used book stands from past book fairs to display the dolls. The stands were cut down the middle.
Students photographed their dolls and used Superimpose app to place them in appropriate settings. All of the work was uploaded to the student’s digital portfolio.
Amelia Earhart digital work in progress.