The Origin of Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys (Deep Comprehension)

Kisdobos February 17, 2018
HELPING LEARNERS USE CHUNKS COMMUNICATIVELY

 

In this video we talk about how we can help our students use chunks communicatively - we share 4 ideas that have worked well for us in the classroom. We’re using an interactive video quiz in one of our ideas, which you can find here.

Enjoy!

Anna Csíky

iSLCollective teacher trainer

Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Learners listen to the video and answer multiple choice or open-ended questions to check their deep understanding.

If you don't have 9 minutes in your class, just copy & edit the lesson (See copy & edit button below the video) and you can crop out the part after the last question in one click, which will make this lesson only 5 minutes long.

The lady speaks quiet fast and the language is complex at times, but the subject and message itself is quite simple and illustrated with photos, so I think you can use this video quiz from upper-intermediate (B2) through proficient (C2) level.
Scene summary:
This is a 9-minute PBS video piece about the origins of associating pink with girls and blue for boys. Questions raised and answered are:

Was there always certain colors associated with genders?
Did boys always wear the kinds of clothes as today?
When did pink get assigned to girls and blue to boys?
Video length: 9 minutes 10 seconds
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Copyright license: Creative Commons Attribution License
First published: 2018-02-17, 10:35:13 (GMT+1)
About the author
I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

Video quiz questions (printable)

1) A long time ago people took it granted that pink was the color for boys, and blue for girls.

  • True
  • False

2) Why are both girls and boys in these photos dressed up in white?

Answer the question using your own words

3) Why did baby dresses often not have fitted bottoms?

  • To allow babies to move more freely.
  • To allow parents to change diapers more easily.
  • That was just the fashion of the day.

4) What was a practical advantage of white color?

Answer the question using your own words

5) The age of 6 or 7 marked an important occasion for boys, as far as clothing was concerned. Explain.

Answer the question using your own words

6) Which is true?

  • Until World War I, colors weren't tied to gender.
  • Until World War I, pink was associated with boys.

7) What were the attributes associated with pink in the 1918 article?

  • fragile
  • powerful
  • pronounced
  • graceful

8) Why was pink assigned to girls and blue for boys in the early twentieth century?

Answer the question using your own words

Vocabulary list

  • sad: asd

About the author

I am one of the co-founders of iSLCollective.com. I had taught English in many contexts, as a private tutor, then in companies, and in high schools. I am active in creating video quizzes on our video quiz platform.

KIERAN DONAGHY ABOUT ISLCOLLECTIVE VIDEO QUIZZES:

"iSLCollective Interactive Video Quizzes are highly engaging and motivating multimodal texts for English language students to learn vocabulary and improve their listening skills. They are the perfect complement to the creative and innovative lesson plans on Film English."

Kieran Donaghy,
Creator of FilmEnglish.com, a site with hundreds of high quality, free ESL/EFL lesson plans created around short films

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andreja67
2020-03-10 21:18:00
Thank you! :)
Oksana7
2020-03-29 11:10:55
Thank you! Interesting and informative for all ages.
hilaron
2020-10-06 11:24:02
Great video!
Dan108
2020-10-28 19:24:05
thank you for your work
Autherene
2021-03-08 15:15:52
Simply beautifully done!
kardumen
2021-04-09 14:37:57
Excellent