Costume Design Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students about the world of costume design with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson on costume design history and techniques, observe and analyze costumes, then create their own.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the history of costume design
  • define 'costume design'
  • describe the process of costume design
  • observe and analyze costumes
  • design a costume


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


  • Copies of the lesson Costume Design: Definition, History & Process, one for each student
  • Access to technology and the internet
  • Video clip to show costumes (Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Paper bags
  • Strips of paper with the following written on each:
    • Production types, such as movie, television sitcom, opera, etc.
    • Time periods
    • Genre, such as romance, science fiction, etc.

Key Vocabulary

  • Costume design
  • Commedia dell'arte
  • Historical accuracy
  • Concept-driven
  • Costume plot

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