STUDENT EXAMPLES


Examples from students

For your costume, describe the stage in life it best fits. This could include a cognitive stage, social stage, moral stage, or physical stage (as is appropriate)

*CREATE COSTUME NAME (and image)

*NAME LIFE STAGE OR APPROPRIATE CONCEPT

*SELLING POINT/EXPLANATION (define and apply term to costume)



Example 1:
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Costume name: THE TIME MACHINE COSTUME (reference movie: Back to the Future)
Life stage: Erikson's social stage of "Integrity vs. Despair"
Selling point/explanation (define and apply stage to costume): Dress up like a time machine, so that you can go back through your life and see the wisdom "integrity" or make different decisions and rewrite your regrets "despair"-no-more!

Example 2:
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Costume name: Pudsey Bears made by famous designers!
Life Stage: Erikson's social stage of "Generativity vs. Stagnation"
Selling point/explanation (define and apply stage to costume): Do you feel like you have left a mark for future generations ("generativity")? Famous designers like
Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Vogue, GQ, Sibling, Victoria Beckham, Paul Smith, Balenciaga, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and others created these bears to raise money for children in need. Buy a bear and dress like it while you walk around with your children. Instead of collecting candy, ask people to fundraise to a charity of your choice! Now you will nurture people outside of yourself: you won't feel stuck in a life that is purposeless or selfish ("stagnation").


Example 3:

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Costume name: Ahhhhh! Help!
Life Stage: Stages of grief/dying by Kubler-Ross
Selling point/explanation (define and apply stage to costume): Go through the five stages of dying as you trick or treat house to house.
Denial: Me? Do I want candy? Oh no, not me. And I don't need help either!
Anger: SOMEONE GIVE ME CANDY AND GET ME OUTTA HERE!!
Bargaining: Oh, please, if someone would just get me outta here, I'll give you ALL the candy!
Depression: Oh well, the night is almost over. It doesn't really matter if I get out. It doesn't really matter if I get candy. I've lost my motivation.
Acceptance: This is it - I am going to down into the belly of the shark. I hope there is candy there.

Stages of dying


Example 4
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Costume name: ILLEGAL ALIEN
Life Stage: Piaget's formal operational stage
Selling point/explanation (define and apply stage to costume): In order to understand this play on words, one must have achieved formal operational thought. This allows the person to have abstract thinking and create puns. Instead of an illegal alien (an immigrant who is here without a Visa or Greencard), one can dress up as a jailbird from outer space - get it, illegal alien???


Example 5
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Costume name: Androgynous man-girl
Life Stage: Gender roles, gender identity
Selling point/explanation (define and apply stage to costume): Not sure which expectations from society you want to accept (gender roles)? Which gender do you feel most like (gender identity). If you feel confused, you can dress with the traits of a man and a woman (androgynous)
Greek words ανήρ, stem ανδρ- (anér, andr-, meaning man) and γυνή (gyné, meaning woman)

Example 6
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Costume name: The teens no one understands
Life Stage: Adolescence, personal fable
Selling point/explanation (define and apply stage to costume): Feel like no one understands you? Dress up as unique as possible to prove your own personal fable - that no one is like you and no one on this earth can possibly understand you!!






Erikson's social stages
Piaget's cognitive stages and/or assimilation, accommodation
Kohlberg's moral development
Physical changes in baby, adolescent, middle age, old age (appropriate costumes)


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