Lesson Plan 1 for Classroom
Textiles surround us: we wear them, we sleep on them, we sit on
them, and we sometimes hang them as art. By understanding the makers
and methods of textiles -- both old and new -- we can begin to understand
the cultures in which they were and are made.
Develop a greater appreciation for the textile arts
Develop looking and analytical skills
- Discuss with students the ability to learn about a culture
by looking at objects, in this case textiles.
- Ask students to list as many textiles as they can think of
(towels, clothing, upholstery on furniture, quilts, etc.)
- Working as a class (with teacher asking questions), as teams,
or individually have students analyze and answer as many questions
as they can about the textile (in this case a dishtowel) using
the LOOK! Worksheet.
- If working in teams or as individuals let students know they
will be "reporting out" on their findings.
- Students should present their findings to the class.
- Each answer from the students should be followed with a question
from the teacher. Such as: How did you come to that answer? or
What on the object helped you ascertain that information?
- Discuss "How to
Read a Label" with students in preparation for next lesson
- Close lesson by having students read/discuss information on
Through inference students can take a simple dishtowel and begin
to explore where the materials that make up the towel (cotton, rayon,
polyester) come from (natural, manufactured). This can lead to further
questions -- why was rayon or polyester produced? Do these materials
help or hurt the environment? They can begin to explore the issues
of why a dishtowel was made. Convenience? Style? Did it evolve from
They can begin to address fundamental questions about any object:
Why was it made? How was it made? Who made it?
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