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Throughout history humans have engaged in sewing, either for function, decorative reasons, entertainment, or personal expression. Humans have attempted to replicate the human form and bring spiritual meaning into their creations.
Dolls are everyday object that have been used around the world to entertain and teach children. They come in all sort of sizes and decorative looks. People have felt the need to create a small version of themselves to entertain, infuse spiritual meaning, or represent aspects of their culture or lives throughout history.
This lesson aims to give students a change to learn a new skill; sewing, reflect on the human form, and think deeply about character representation.
Optional Writing Element: Students can discuss the process of storytelling and listening to stories. Challenge students to think about why we tell and share stories. This can be a family story, stories associated with their heritage, American history, or make up their own story. These stories can then be used to inspire the creation of their doll.