Looking for a fun, no prep project that integrates history, art, social studies, language arts, and literacy AND keeps kids engaged? Your students will love it and designing a historical hoodie for authors will quickly become one of *your* favorite end of year ELA activities too. Students think critically and work independently as they apply their knowledge to create a hoodie for a chosen author, historical figure or topic … all while you cross things off your never ending to do list!
- Learn about the 3,000 year history of hoodies using the 2-page article, by watching a short video, or using the PowerPoint presentation.
- Next, go over the directions for the assignment and learn about color psychology and the different design elements students will use for their hoodies. Go over the included examples so students know exactly what’s expected of them.
- Students will use the included hoodie templates and colors, symbols, and text to design a custom hoodie for their historical figure or other chosen topic.
- Finally, they’ll justify and explain their choices in a short writing assignment and/or class presentation.
- Engaging and fun activity that also requires critical thinking
- Multiple and flexible options for use with a reading, PowerPoint, video, and activity
- Integrates literacy, art, history, social studies, and more!
- Awesome for biography units
- Students can work independently or in groups
- Multiple hoodie template options make it easy to differentiate
- Perfect for end of semester review or as a creative assessment
- Makes an awesome classroom, hallway, or bulletin board display
- Perfect for substitutes and filling multi-day gaps in your planned lessons
- 2 hoodie template for each person in black & white + color (see list below)
- 2-page article + 100% Editable PowerPoint about the history of hoodies
- TED Talk about the history of hoodies
- Student directions + Design tips
- Research graphic organizer + List of people to choose from
- Teacher Tips + Grading Rubric
- 15+ Examples to share with students
- Blank hoodie templates for additional flexibility
- Time Periods and Major Events bonus file
- A.A. Milne
- Arnold Lobel
- Audre Lorde
- Beatrix Potter
- Beverly Cleary
- Charles Schulz
- Chris Van Allsburg
- David Wiesner
- Don Freeman
- E.B. White
- Elie Wiesel
- Eric Carle
- Gary Soto
- Gwendolyn Brooks
- J.K. Rowling
- James Marshall
- Jan Brett
- Jane Austen
- Jon Scieszka
- Judy Blume
- Lane Smith
- Langston Hughes
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
- Leo Lionni
- Louisa May Alcott
- Mary Brave Bird
- Maurice Sendak
- Maya Angelou
- Mo Willems
- Octavia Butler
- Pablo Neruda
- Phillis Wheatley
- Ralph Ellison
- Roald Dahl
- Sandra Cisneros
- Sarah Winnemucca
- Shel Silverstein
- Theodore Geisel
- William Steig
- Zora Neale Hurston
“I absolutely love this resource! My students were so engrossed in the history of the hoodie and loved discussing it. The TED talk video was great to explain. They loved designing it. And you can do this with multiple lessons!” -Nicole L.
“I could not be more pleased with the work my students created. I had them cut them out and we hung them on a string across the back wall of the classroom and it is so cool seeing 80 different hoodies! My favorite project ever. Also, this is a project that ALL students no matter what can access and present to the class.” -Shannon F.
“I used this resource as a year end activity to fill in some extra time I had in social studies. My class loved creating their hoodies. Once they finished, they asked if they could create their own version to represent themselves.” -Crystal B.
“We’re finishing a unit for our end of the year project. The students have really gotten into these hoodies. There has been a great deal of collaboration and ‘Oh! You know what you should put on there?!’ conversations and collaboration happening. Several students have done more than one version of the same hoodie to get all their ideas down.” -Amy P.
- ? I really tried to make it work digitally, but unfortunately I never found a solution that worked well. So I’m keeping it print for now!
- ? Information about the individuals is not included. Students can use any source (textbook, video, website, etc.) to learn about their historical figure or topic.
- ? Absolutely! I recommend just using the PowerPoint as a class instead of relying on the 2-page article about the history of hoodies. Going over the included examples with students will be essential!