Heritage Dolls

Dear Parents and Students,

Today your child is bringing home a tag board paper doll. Please discuss your family’s ethnic heritage with your child. As a family, please decide how to dress the doll to reflect one aspect of your family’s background. The paper doll can be “dressed” to reflect the national costume or the traditional dress of a particular country.

It is important for this to be a family project, with parents encouraging and assisting in the decoration of the doll. The dolls can be decorated or “dressed” by using crayons, colored pencils, markers, paper, fabric, yarn, lace, rick rack ribbon, etc. Please be as creative as possible. In fact, if you would like to make your own three-dimensional doll instead of dressing the tag board doll, you may do so.

There is a name tab at the bottom of the tag board doll. Your child should print his/her name and the country represented by this doll on the tab. If the tag board doll is not used, your child must find some way to label the doll with this important information.

In addition to completing the heritage doll, your child will be briefly researching the country of origin that the doll represents. Students must then write a two- to three-page typed paper, in MLA format, that tells about the country. Of course, students may write more than this. In the report, students should include information such as where the country is located, any special customs or cultural information, anything that makes the country noteworthy, the traditional style of dress of the people, the language(s) spoken, historical information, etc. It is not necessary to include all of the aforementioned topics, and students may include others. Students may use encyclopedias, subject matter books, the Internet, and any other sources that prove useful. Interviews with relatives may also be helpful if the relatives remember information about the country that the doll represents. Students, please include a works cited page of sources with the MLA format “mini-report.”

As an alternate, your child may interview a relative from the country of origin, which matches the doll project. This paper would also be two to three typed pages, but would be more of a biographical work on a relative or loved one from that country. Students would prepare questions in advance, which would really get to the “heart” of that person’s life in the other country in advance, conduct an interview, and then type the final draft to share with their doll. This would only be possible if you have such a person and can easily reach them.

The heritage doll and “mini-report” is due by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. Reports and dolls will be presented orally to the class. Remember that the paper as well as the doll will be submitted. The paper should be a typed final copy, or in cursive if you cannot type the paper, in MLA format, and it should be representative of personal best work. Please attach the rough draft behind the works cited page of the final draft.

Thank you very much for your help and cooperation. Good luck and have fun!

Ms. M.

Heritage Doll Grade Sheet

Presentation Guide

Clear, Concise Thoughts
Good Knowledge of Subject
Appropriate Volume
Appropriate Eye Contact
Standard Grammar

Doll Grade

Personal Best
Representative of Heritage

Report Grade

Well Researched
Clear, Concise Ideas
Knowledge of Topic
Includes Works Cited Page
In Your Own Words
Standard English Grammar and Spelling
MLA Format

Overall Grade _________