Sneaker Supply and Demand

After a brief introduction to the history of shoes, students learn why their sneakers cost what they do. Word Study and "The History of the Sneaker" give glimpses of foot coverings through the centuries. Students are asked to design tomorrow's shoe and name it. "Girls Against Boys" gives them insight into market research. Two reproducibles are provided: "Sneaker Economics 101," a graph activity using data from 1995 and 2002 from Nike, and "A Shoe Is a Shoe Is a Shoe," a comparison-contrast writing assignment. For enrichment and civic awareness, students may read "For Some, an Uncomfortable Fit" then discuss and research sweatshops and the use of child labor. Vocabulary, Web and print resources are included.

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