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Creative Writing Exercise: Dress for Success

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Language Arts And English +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

In this activity, you will create and develop characters based on the following images. For each resource, you will be give five minutes to write a brief scene in a character would wear the featured garment. 

This activity serves a warm-up for having users think more critically about how they write characters and how details, such as clothing, can impact the greater narrative. 

At the end of the assignment, you will share your characters with the class or group and compare and contrast the different approaches to the images.

tags: character study, fashion, warm-up

Woman writing

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Cuban Rumba Dress

National Museum of American History

Paper Dress, Campbell's Soup Company

National Museum of American History

Black satin dress with hand-shaped decoration designed by Peter Davy

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Kinematics Dress #4

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Mary Lincoln's Dress

National Museum of American History