By: Cindy Alvarado, Spanish Teacher
In our current unit, Spanish II students are being asked to take a look at the clothes that they wear, from their favorite articles of clothing, to fabrics, name brands and places where they are made. At the beginning of the unit, students were surveyed to determine what their favorite styles are and what factors impact their decisions to buy them.
Students learned that the vast majority of their favorite clothing-related items were their shoes. They also learned that their shared favorite name brands were Nike, Adidas, and True Religion. Students learned new vocabulary that they then read about in various articles and research. They found that one of the most common issues in the industry of fashion, textiles and apparel are factories in other countries that employ children, expose their workers to dangerous, unsanitary conditions, and pay them extremely low wages. They learned that some of their favorite brands had been associated with these negligible and inhumane charges.
Continuing with their research, students also found that some issues associated with the clothing industry also relate to unrealistic body image expectations, lack of diversity in models, and racially insensitive marketing. We took opportunities in class to explore advertising trends among well-known brands; we also examined some of the most recent controversial ad campaigns and the social impact of their implications.
For their summative assessment, students will target Criterion D: Using Spanish in spoken and written form. Students will apply the vocabulary and grammar structures they have learned to demonstrate the issues and solutions to the problems researched. Students are looking forward to hearing and reading one another’s presentations in class. We are all looking forward to learning if, through their research, any of students’ initial factors that impacted their decisions to buy clothing have changed and if they will, from here forward, change as well.