21st November 2003 at 00:00

* Most pupils are sensitive to nuances of choice in dress - talk about brand loyalty, eg in trainers. What you wear can make important statements about who you are. Use these understandings to help with revising set texts. No matter how well a pupil "knows" a text, details, especially of character, may not stick in their minds. Ask them to describe what each character would wear if the text were set in the present day - eg what would Ralph, Jack and Piggy wear out of school uniform? How would their clothing express differences in character and circumstance? Do the same with Jane Eyre. What would she wear as a governess? What differences would we see when she returned to Thornfield? This works well with plays, too - ask them to suggest 21st-century costumes for a Shakespeare play (but try not to visualise Bottom's baggy jeans, especially from behind).

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now