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Multicultural Attire

Carolynne Gischel
Colleges and Universities - Florida


Students will research the native attire of a chosen culture, write an essay reflecting the role of the attire in the given culture, and create a significant piece of attire from that cultue that will be modeled in a fashion show.


The student reads and organizes information for a variety of purposes, including making a report, conducting interviews, taking a test, and performing an authentic task.

The student writes notes, comments, and observations that reflect comprehension of content and experiences from a variety of media.

The student uses electronic technology, including word-processing software and electronic encyclopedias, to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

The student creates narratives in which ideas, details, and events are in logical order and are relevant to the story line.


-Research resources such as the Internet, encyclopedias, software, and books
-Family members and members of the community
-Graphic organizers for writing
-Art supplies and materials to be used in creating the attire (construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, crayons, etc.)


1. Gather hats from various cultures.
2. Check all media resources and technology.
3. Prepare KWL chart and graphic organizers.
4. Gather art supplies.


1. The teacher will introduce the lesson by modeling and discussing hats from a variety of cultures.
2. The class will divide into groups and each group will select a culture to research.
3. Students complete the K and W of a KWL chart regarding the native attire of the chosen culture.
4. Cooperative groups will research the selected culture using the Internet, encyclopedias, computer software, and books for information about attire native to the culture and the significance of that attire to the culture.
5. Using a semantic map graphic organizer, the groups will compose an essay describing the role of the attire in the culture.
6. Using pictures from reference materials as a guide and art supplies, students will create a significant piece of attire from the culture.
7. Students will model the attire in a fashion show setting.
8. Students complete the L component of the KWL chart.

Question Strategies: (Bloom’s Taxonomy)
Level 1 – Knowledge: What is the culture that you researched?
Level 2 – Comprehension: How would you compare the attire of that culture to your own?
Level 3 – Application: What facts would you select to show that the attire was important to the culture?
Level 4 – Analysis: What is the importance of the attire to the people of the culture?
Level 5 – Synthesis: Do the people in the culture still wear the attire? Elaborate on the reasons why they do or do not.
Level 6 – Evaluation: Rate the attire of the culture and discuss how you would improve it.

Design Qualities addressed in this lesson:
-Content and Substance
-Organization of Knowledge
-Product Focus
-Clear and Compelling Product Standards
-Affirmation of Performance
-Novelty and Variety

Technology Standards addressed in this lesson:
1. Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control, data probes) and output devices (e.g., monitor; printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audio-tapes, telephones, and other technologies. (1)
2. Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities. (1, 3)
3. Use developmentally appropriate multimedia resources (e.g., interactive books, educational software, and elementary multimedia encyclopedias) to support learning. (1)
5. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom. (2)
6. Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology (2)
7. Practice responsible use of technology systems and software. (2)


Student essays will be assessed for accuracy and completeness. See rubric for assessing multi-cultural attire essay in attached file.


-Fashion show can be videotaped and narrated.
-All groups can select the same culture with each group choosing a different piece of attire.
-Whole school participation: each grade level chooses a continent with each class from the grade level choosing a culture from the specified continent, culminating in a schoolwide fashion show

Attached Files

Rubric for assessing multi-cultural attire essay     File Extension:  pdf
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