English

21st November 2003 at 00:00
KS34

* 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).

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