This week I’m starting the Ropa Limpia project with one of my GCSE groups.
Last week we looked at Tattoos, and their social impact and stigmas, and this week it’s the fashion industry.
I’m going to follow the lesson plan as in the Teacher’s notes, including some YouTube videos of working conditions in foreign climes.
Their final challenge is to choose between the Tattoos or the fashion issue and write a newspaper article (in columns!) stating facts and figures and also giving informed information. This will also comply with the Academy’s policy on spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) being integrated within lessons.
This is a brilliant article and hopefully will excite the students, and also make them think harder about where their clothes originated from. The GCSE groups I teach are very knowledgeable but are very much the same as many other teenagers, indifferent to the suffering when it is not staring them in the face.
I want to eventually display their ‘newspaper’ articles on my wall – watch this space for pictures of the finished articles.
Why don’t you tackle the same subject in your class, using the Mary Glasgow article and the lesson plan provided here? Please let us know the outcome of your teaching and your students’ responses?