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Objectives

You will demonstrate your mastery of the following:

  • Comprehension by visualizing and creating the set designs and writing the stage directions for each scene
  • Analysis by selecting props to symbolize the recurring concepts of the play and by explaining how they contribute to the theme of the work
  • Analysis by selecting four of the most important quotes from each act and explaining how they connect to character development or theme
  • Analysis of character development and the human condition by comparing and contrasting the five major characters to the roles of modern day actors and actresses
  • Analysis of character development by designing wardrobes for the five major characters, specifically explaining how each character’s costumes reflect whether they are round or flat and their development over the course of the novel

ELA Common Core Standards

RL. 2: Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL. 3: Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
W. 1: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
W. 4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W. 5: Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
W. 9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Setting Up Your Director’s Notebook

Section 1: Cast List – 50 points

Section 2: Wardrobes – 50 points

Section 3: Acts I-V

  • Per Act:
    • Set Designs – 15 points
    • Props – 30 points
    • Stage Directions – 30 points
    • Lines to be Emphasized – 40 points

 Section 1: Cast List

Upon completion of the play, you will create a cast list of modern day actors and actresses to play the five major characters in Macbeth. For each cast member, you will write well developed paragraph explaining why they are the best actor for the part, citing past roles that are comparable to the character.

Section 2: Wardrobes

Upon completion of the play, you will design the wardrobes for the five major characters in Macbeth by first determining if the character is round or flat. For each costume, you will write a well-developed paragraph explaining connecting the outfit to the character’s traits and development.

Section 3: Information for each act

For the third section of your Director’s Notebook, you will design the set, create stage directions for the actors, and point out lines to be emphasized.

  • Set Design: For each scene, you will somehow visually represent the set. You may do this by drawing, cutting out pictures from magazines, or printing images off of the internet.  Your set must match the mood and tone of the scene, and must include any vital details included in Shakespeare’s original dialogue. This may also include any special effects with lighting, fog machines, fire, water, sound effects, or anything else that could add to the audience’s experience.
  • Props: What props are necessary for your characters to interact with on stage? For your final draft, make sure you five to ten props per act, and a few sentences explaining how those props symbolize the recurring concepts of the play. Since you had to come up with more than five props for your rough draft, I suggest you narrow down your props to include only those with the strongest symbolism.
  • Stage Directions: Since Shakespeare’s original plays have little to no stage direction, it is your job to give your actors those important directions. This might include walking from one side of the stage to the other, reactions to other actors, what the actor will do with his/her hands while speaking a monologue or soliloquy, or anything else that is not part of the original dialogue in Shakespeare’s play.
  • Lines to be Emphasized: Shakespeare’s plays are heralded for their impressive dialogue and memorable phrases. Have you ever heard or used the phrases, “to thine own self be true” or “It’s all Greek to me!” or “to be, or not to be?” The Tragedy of Macbeth is loaded with famous quotes and phrases that we still use and hear in movies and books to this day. Your job is to identify the most important quotes and emphasize them in your Director’s Notebook. You then need to write a well-developed paragraph connecting the line to character development or theme.

Grade Scales per Section

A

B

C

D

F

Set Designs

15 – 13.5

13 – 12

11 – 10.5

10 – 9

8 – 0

Stage Directions and Props

30 – 27

26 – 24

23 – 21

20 – 18

17 – 0

Lines to be Emphasized

40 – 36

35 – 32

31 – 28

27 – 24

23 – 0

Cast List and Wardrobes

50 – 45

44 – 40

39 – 35

34 – 30

29 – 0

Director’s Notebook Grading Rubric

A – 100%

B – 85%

C – 75%

D – 65%

Cast List

Accurately identified the five major charactersClear analysis comparing and contrasting both characters

Avoided plot summary

Accurately identified the five major charactersAnalysis compares and contrasts both characters, but may lack specificity or clarity.

Avoided plot summary

Identified five or fewer major charactersAnalysis focuses only on one character or the other, but lacks strong support.

Explanation is plot summary dependent

Identified five or fewer major charactersLittle to no analysis, no connection between the play and a modern role

Wardrobes

Included a wardrobe for the five major charactersAccurately identified whether the character is round or flat

Explanations are clear and contain strong analysis of character development

Included a wardrobe for the five major charactersAccurately identified whether the character is round or flat

Explanations contain analysis of character development, but may lack specificity or clarity

Included a wardrobe for five or fewer major charactersDid not accurately identify whether the character is round or flat

May be lacking a visual representation

May have minimal explanation

May have a visual representation of the wardrobe without an explanationMay have a minimal explanation of the wardrobe without a visual

No mention of character development

Props

Identified five to ten props per actClearly explained how each prop symbolizes a recurring concept in the play

Avoided plot summary

Identified five to ten props per actExplained how each prop symbolizes a recurring concept, but may lack specificity or clarity

Avoided plot summary

Identified four to eight props per actLacks explanation for how each prop symbolizes a recurring concept

Explanation may be plot summary dependent

May not have an image for each prop

Identified less than four props per actProps do not symbolize recurring concepts

Lacks explanation for each prop

Lacks image for each prop

 

Emphasized Lines

Identified four of the most important lines in each actClearly explained how each line relate to character development or theme in a well developed paragraph

Avoided plot summary

Identified four of the most important lines in each actExplained how each line relates to character development or theme, but may lack specificity or clarity

Avoided plot summary

Identified four or fewer lines from each act, but the lines may not be significant to character development or themeExplanation may lack strong analysis and be plot summary dependent Identified four or fewer lines from each act, but the lines may not be significant to character development or themeMinimal explanation may completely lack analysis

Set Designs

A lot of thought and effort was clearly put into the set designsDifferent for each scene, even if they just have subtle differences indicating passage of time

Set designs indicate thorough comprehension of the text

Thought and effort was clearly put into the set designsSets might repeat without variation for different scenes

Comprehension of the text is evident

May lack set designs for each sceneSets might repeat without variation for different scenes

Set designs may indicate minimal comprehension issues

May lack set designs for each sceneMinimal effort put into the set designs (on notebook paper, or lacking color or detail)

Set designs indicate obvious comprehension issues

Stage Directions

Stage directions are clear and easy to read (speaker, line number, formatting)Minimum one piece of stage direction per speaker

Stage directions indicate thorough comprehension of the text

Student added a creative twist to the play (setting, tone, etc.)

Stage directions are clear and easy to readMinimum one piece of stage direction per speaker

Comprehension of the text is evident

Stage directions may not be clear or easy to readMinimum one piece of stage direction per speaker

Stage directions indicate minimal comprehension issues

May lack stage directions for each sceneLess than one piece of stage direction per speaker per scene

Stage directions indicate obvious comprehension issues

 

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