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Book Week Costumes! A Classic Tale or Modern one?

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1. Book week happens each year but this year, your parents or carers have decided that they are done with coming up with ideas. It is over to you!

2. You have a budget of $20 which you have to earn over the year to use in Book Week on your costume.

3. You have to decide on your character from your favourite book - yes, you do need to read the book!

4. You have to draw up your ideas in an exercise book.

What materials will you need? How much will it cost?

How will you do your hair? Will you need a hat or hair colouring? What else?

How will you convince your parent or carer to help you with the final presentation?

 

Some ideas:

The Organised Housewife

Book week ideas
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 5. Make your costume.

6. Reflection

Reflection

How did you go? Were you able to stick to the budget? How did you feel about your costume and its design? Did you go for a design you discovered or did you make up an original design?

 

 

 

Who is this character? (ideas from Melanie Sheehan, ACU Education student)

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CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

 

1. As a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer, you are given ideas from the Director on how to portray each character. How characters are dressed significantly add to the play, film or documentary. You have been given descriptions of what the Director would like you to do but you have to add your creative flair. It doesn't matter that these particular characters are known by the public although there are some elements so they can be recognised.

2. Below, is a description of a well-known character. In a group of five, chose one of the descriptions each, read it carefully and then create an appropriate costume using the following models to help you.

Female model
(Source: ipinimg)

This character is a male aged between 20 and 30 and was created over 250 years ago (i.e. 1700’s).

This character comes from an aristocratic background and is described as being a human that is trapped in a creature’s body with an angry and menacing personality.

However in time this character’s true nature of being kind and caring comes forth.


Adapted from Lyric Theatre Company, 2008.
This character is a male aged between 18 and 25 and was created over 200 years ago (i.e. 1800’s).

This character firstly starts off as wooden soldier. However in time the character develops human like qualities of movement and speech, and can even wield a sword in battle!

Although this character is strong and principled he has a very caring and thoughtful nature.
This character is a male and was created almost 130 years ago (i.e. 1880’s).

This character is aged at approximately 60 years old. However modern updates on this character now age him between 30 and 40 years of age.

Although this character comes from a wealthy middle class background, he works to bring criminals to justice in England and Europe.

This character is very tall and lean, and has a face like a hawk that ‘gives an impression of alertness and decision’ (Chirravoori, 2013).

This character likes to play the violin and often wears a large waterproof coat, galoshes and at times an ear flapped travelling cap (Adapted from Wilson, 2014 & Chirravoori, 2013).
This character is a female aged between 20 and 30.

This character was originally created to live in the 1930’s, however modern updates place the character in the 1910’s and wearing the appropriate fashions of the day.

This character is a strict English lady who looks after children. The character wears a hat, carries a large bag and has interesting magical powers such as the ability to fly, talk to animals, and change the seasons (paraphrased from Pallardy, 2014).

This character is based on the looks of a wooden peg doll, and is tall and thin, has shiny black hair, large feet and hands, and small blue eyes (paraphrased from Travers, 1934).
This character is a female aged between 40 and 50, and was created by a famous children’s author in 1988.

This character is described as once being a famous athlete who still to this day has a great amount of strength in her thick arms and powerful legs i.e. can bend iron bars and tear phone books in half
(Paraphrased from Dahl, 1988).

This character is described as having an obstinate chin, small arrogant eyes and a cruel mouth.

This character often wears a brown cotton smock, which is pinched around the waist with a wide leather belt. The character also likes to wear bottle green breeches in a mid-sized length; green stockings that come up just below the calf, and brown brogues
(Paraphrased from Dahl, 1988).

Male model

3. After creating the costume, find another classmate and discuss the following questions:

  • What character did you chose and why?
  • Who do you think the character might be?
  • How does your costume reflect the character?


4. Approach your teacher and find out who your character really is and what costumes this character typically wears. Then answer the following questions:

  • Where you surprised when you found out who your character was? (why/why not)
  • How does the traditional version of this costume compare to your design?
  • Knowing who your character is would you consider changing your costume design? Why? Why not?

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Click here to see the characters.

 


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WebQuests

Much Ado about Costumes WebQuest
(Source: Adapted from WebArchive - was at: WebQuest)

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1. Go to the WebQuest and complete the activities there.

Much Ado about Nothing WQ



 

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