SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes

Students use Model Magic to create a small coil figure representing an archetypal character, and write a story featuring their character.  

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 3 to Grade 6

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

3-dimensional archetype coil contrast form

Materials

Model Magic Toothpicks Googly Eyes Strip of Paper 8 cm x 14 cm (3" x 5") Ruler Pencil Acrylic Varnish (optional)

Steps

SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step One

Step One

  1. Make a measuring strip on a piece of paper about 14 cm (5.5") x 10 cm (4").
  2. Measure and draw a horizontal line across the strip of paper to mark the 5 cm (2"), 8 cm (3.15") and 10 cm (4") measurements.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Choose the colour of Model Magic you want to use for the legs/pants.
  2. Roll a small amount of it into a coil 10 cm (4") long and about 2 cm (.75") thick. Do not make it too thin.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Fold the coil in half and pinch it gently at the top to form the waist and hips.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Choose the colour of Model Magic you want for the shirt.
  2. Roll a coil about 3 cm (1.18") and 2.5 cm (1") thick.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Gently join the body to the legs making sure they stick to each other.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Roll a coil about 8 cm (3.15") long and 1.5 cm (.5") thick.
  2. Use scissors to cut it in half.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Attach the pieces to the shoulders to form the arms.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Roll a ball for the head, and a smaller ball for the neck.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Attach the neck to the shoulders.
  2. Attach the head to the neck.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Add hands, feet and details using contrasting colours of Model Magic. 
  2. To make a skirt or cape, flatten a piece of Model Magic and wrap it around the figure.
  3. You may want to make a base for the character.
  4. Prop the figure in the pose you want it to hold.
  5. Allow it to dry for 3 days.
SUCH A CHARACTER! – Form, Measurement, Archetypes - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

  1. Once it is dry, you may want to paint it with a coat of Crayola Washable Glue.
  2. Paint it directly from the bottle.
  3. This will seal it and give it a matte finish.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Use Model Magic to create a freestanding sculpture of an archetypal character;
  2. Include details to represent characteristics of the archetype; 
  3. Develop a list of personality traits for the archetype;
  4. Work collaboratively to develop a story involving their characters;
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  6. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

  1. Have students work as a team to create a video of their story.
    - Create a storyboard.
    - Create a script and dialogue
    - Create backdrops. See lesson plans on this website.
      
    City Setting 
      Setting the Scene
    - Shoot and edit the video.
  2. Provide time for students to share their videos with the class.

Prepare

  1. Download the Form and Contrast posters available on this website.
    Posters
  2. Gather and make available books featuring archetypes, for example, Classic Myths to Read Aloud: The Great Stories of Greek and Roman Mythology, Specially Arranged for Children Five and Up by an Educational Expert, by William F. Russell; D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths, by Ingri d'Aulaire; D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths, by Ingri d'Aulaire; Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals, by Donna Jo Napoli; Illustrated Stories from Aesop, by Susanna Davidson; Illustrated Arabian Nights, by Anna Milbourne; Favorite African Folktales, by Nelson Mandela; One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale, by Demi.
  3. Prior to this lesson read a variety of folk tales, myths and legends and discuss the key players in each story.
    - ​Identify characteristics of some archetypes and list them on a chart paper, for example,
    HERO - the brave character who responds to the mentor and fulfills some quest
    - VILLAIN - the 'bad guy' character who plots against the hero
    - MENTOR - the helper character who prepares the hero and or gives the hero some magical object
    - DISPATCHER - the character who sends the hero off to right some wrong
    - INNOCENT - the child or youth who is pure and good
  4. As you read a new story have students place the characters into one of the archetype categories and explain why.

Introduction

  1. Read a new tale to students and ask them to imagine what the characters look like as you read. 
  2. Share impressions of the characters and place them on the archetypes list.
  3. Review the characteristics of various archetypes.
  4. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Use Model Magic to create a freestanding sculpture of an archetypal character.
  2. Include details to represent characteristics of the archetype. 
  3. Develop a list of personality traits for your archetype.
  4. Work collaboratively to develop a story involving your characters.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  6. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    - accurate measurements
    - sculpture can stand by itself
    - details represent characteristics of the archetype
    - sculpture is carefully constructed
    - list has at least 4 personality traits for archetype

    - works well with others to develop an effective story
  3. Demonstrate how to roll a short coil.
  4. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  5. Observe students as they work. 
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Place students into small groups with their characters. 
  2. Ask them to: 
    - Compare their work and describe to each other what they did to get certain effects.
    - Discuss the things that are especially effective and why.

    - Talk about what they found difficult and what they found easy to do.
  3. Share ideas with the whole class. 
  4. Ask them to sort their characters according to archetype.
  5. Have students select characters and peers to work with to write their stories.
  6. Share the finished stories using the sculptures as props.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work  – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - Character_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - Character_self-assessment.pdf or CharacterPrimary_self-assessment.pdf)