Lesson Plan : Multicultural Quilt

Teacher Name:
 Erin Rooyakkers
Grade:
 Grade 4
Subject:
 Arts and Crafts

Topic:
 Incorporating different backgrounds into one collaborative project.
Content:
 Instruction on different cultures, their quilting techniques and unique styles of quilts. Incorporate students' backgrounds into their own personal quilt and sew all blocks together to create one. Using hands on techniques in arts, crafts and imagination.
Goals:
 To have students' visualize the many cultures in America and be able to see how they all are put together to create a whole. To have students think about the traditions and cultures of their backgrounds and ancestors, then to have them incorporate their creativity and thoughts into a small piece that represents themselves.
Objectives:
 Help students understand cultural diversity in America and this activity is one example of traditions that many cultures practice and yet they are all similiar. To have students' think about their own cultures and where their ancestors came from and what their backgrounds mean to them, and to be able to represent that in their own way. In the end to have all pieces sewn together to create one quilt that represents many backgrounds brought together to make one.
Materials:
 Visual Aids of some multicultural quilts. Paper, pencils, scissors, colored pencils, cloth, and fabric paint. Books with examples of cultural quilts
Introduction:
 America is represented by many people of many backgrounds. For instance we have European Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, etc. One tradition that all these ethnicities practice is quiltmaking.
Development:
 Each culture has a unique and traditional way of making their quilts. For example Amish quilts are more conservative and basic in color and pattern. African American quilts started in the slave days and were made using scraps of quilts made for the upper class whites and are influenced by current times and African tradition. Native American quilts are very prominent in tradition and have many unique patterns like the morning star and most are created as gifts and for ceremonies. Hawaiin quilts were made of traditional kapa moe which was layered and patterns are influenced by the Hawaiin island beauty. Mexican American quilts are very vibrant and full of color, pattern and textiles. Hmong (a tribe out of China) makes quilts with fine detail and needlework, and are usually very bright with embellishments that usually depict a story and are given as tradition.
Practice:
 Students take time to think about their backgrounds and put some ideas on paper to think of a design that represents themselves.
Checking For Understanding:
 Reinstating introduction and discussing with class what this assignment meant to them and what they learned.

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