We ended our six-week American Girl class by exploring the world of Julie Albright. Julie is the most progressive of all the American Girls, living in San Fransisco in the mid-'70s. Her parents are divorced. She is eager to play on the boy's basketball team at her school because there is no girl's team. While researching Julie, I also discovered she is the only American Girl doll who is sold wearing pants (all the rest are in skirts and/or dresses) signifying the change in attitudes about clothing for women.
For our final class, we opted to tie-dye t-shirts (for our class members and their dolls). Of course, there was not nearly enough time to actually tie-dye, so we gave the sharpies-and-rubbing-alcohol-pin a try. Success !!
As part of the History and Geography component of our class, each week we identified the girl's location on a U.S. map and marked her era of life on a timeline. Our students departed with their individual maps and timelines on our final class day.