Theater Arts Unit Costume Design High School Level

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Grade Levels
8th - 10th, Homeschool
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116 pages
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Very thorough and easy to use unit. My drama students really benefited from this. Highly recommend!
This resource was extremely helpful. I have never taught theater before and this resource helped me as well as the students.
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Part of a Bundle If you are looking for high student engagement, a one week long costume design project is a great subject for them! This 115 page low prep comprehensive, but challenging unit is all ready to go. Students synthesize their learning about the process of costume design, how history of the play affects its design, read and research, use metaphor, view video clips and finally have an opportunity to be costume designers. They develop a keen eye for what makes a distinctive design and how to critique their peer's work as well.

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The product includes:

  • Teacher's Letter
  • Teacher's Script for Several Sections of Unit--what I say and how I say it!
  • The Rationale for Teaching Costume Design
  • Questions to Ask when Designing Costumes
  • A Complete Slide Presentation about the History of Costume Design (separate file) including an Additional Slide Presentation about Color, Tone, and Basic Design Concepts
  • Basic Requirements of a Costume
  • How to Use Metaphor in Design
  • Procedure for each day, including time allotments
  • Materials List
  • Musical and Play List Titles of Most Popular Productions in High Schools
  • Sources & Video links list including Video Clip Suggestions
  • Two Warm-up Exercises—engaging and creative, perfect for the unit
  • Two Assignments--one a short essay and another to design
  • Costume Plot Example
  • Peer evaluation activity
  • An Invitation from Me

Comprehensive? You bet. Created by an award-winning veteran drama teacher of 38 years. Enjoy!

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Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
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