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Capture a character from your original story of life in a castle.
During a unit of study on medieval times, invite students to explore information and pictures of people who lived during the era of the feudal system. Investigate feudal contracts that bound members of different social strata together. Research the lifestyles of the clergy, nobility, and commoners during this period. Organize a variety of text and electronic resources for students to view during this research.
With research complete, ask students to create a fictional persona of a medieval man, woman, or child. Choose the person's social status, occupation, and responsibilities based on research on life in a feudal society. Students write a short, first-person, informal treatise on the life of the person using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.
Students create an expressive bas relief sculpture of their fictional characters. Demonstrate how to flatten Crayola Model Magic with your hands to form a slab. Use Crayola Scissors to cut pieces away to form straight sides.
Cut and model free-form face and body shapes from flattened Model Magic and attach to the slab. Add other modeled forms and texture as desired. Use a craft stick to etch and push model magic on the face to create the desired expression. Attach pieces to each other with a slightly dampened finger. Dry.
Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. Thin Crayola Tempera Paints with water, and combine colors for an antique effect. To stain the surface of sculptures, students brush on diluted paint. Wipe away excess paint with a paper towel or cotton swab. Dry.
Students present their characters to small groups of classmates. During their talks, encourage students to include how their characters were a part of the feudal society.
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