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Project Objectives

Required – You will demonstrate your mastery of reading comprehension by:

  • Visualizing and creating the set design and writing the stage directions for the most important scene in your assigned act

Required – You will demonstrate your mastery of analysis by:

  • Selecting the most important quote from each act or five of the most important quotes from your assigned act and explaining how each quote connects to character development or theme

Pick Two – You will demonstrate your mastery of analysis by:

  • Selecting ten props to symbolize the recurring concepts of the play and by explaining how they contribute to character development or the overall theme of the work
  • 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 a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL. 3: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
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 – 150 Points Possible

Section 1: Set Design – 20 points total

Section 2: Stage Directions – 30 points total

Section 3: Analysis – 150 points total

  • Lines to be Emphasized (50 points)
  • Pick two of the following:
    • Props (50 points)
    • Cast List (50 points)
    • Wardrobes (50 points)

Grade Scales per Section

A B C D F
­Set Designs* 20 – 18 17 – 16 15 – 14 13 – 12 11 – 0
Stage Directions* 30 – 27 26 – 24 23 – 21 20 – 18 17 – 0
Lines to be Emphasized* 50 – 45 44 – 40 39 – 35 34 – 30 29 – 0
Props 50 – 45 44 – 40 39 – 35 34 – 30 29 – 0
Cast List 50 – 45 44 – 40 39 – 35 34 – 30 29 – 0
Wardrobes 50 – 45 44 – 40 39 – 35 34 – 30 29 – 0

* Indicates a required section

Section 1: Set Design (required)

4uz287For this section, you need to visually represent the set for the selected scene in section two. You may draw the scene, cut pictures out from magazines, or print 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.

Section 2: Stage Directions (required)

imgresSince 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.

Section 3: Analysis (pick two from wardrobes, props, and cast list)

For the third section of your Director’s Notebook, you will select two of the four options below.

  • Lines to be Emphasized (required): 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?” Romeo and Juliet 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 quote from each act, or five of the most important quotes from your assigned act. Then, write two or three main idea chunks for each quote connecting the line to character development or theme.
  • Wardrobes: Design the wardrobes for the five major characters in notebook1Romeo and Juliet by first determining if the character is round or flat. Include one to three costumes for each character and write two main idea chunks connecting the outfit to the character’s traits and development.
  • Props: What props will your characters interact with on stage? Select Backpackten symbolic props for your characters to use throughout the entire play. Include an image of the prop and write one main idea chunk for each prop. Be sure to explain what concept the prop symbolizes, use textual evidence to support your claim, and write a clear analysis sentence to connect the dots for the reader.
  • Cast List: Create a cast list of modern day actors and actresses to play the five major characters in Romeo and Juliet. For each cast member, write two or three main idea chunks explaining why are the best actor for the part, citing past roles that are comparable to the character in the play. Include a headshot of the actor or actress next to the explanation. 

Director’s Notebook Grading Rubric

A – 100% B – 85% C – 75% D – 65%
Set Designs* ü  A lot of thought and effort was clearly put into the set design

ü  Set design indicates thorough comprehension of the text

ü  Thought and effort was clearly put into the set design

ü  Comprehension of the text is evident

ü  Design lacks the detail necessary to earn full points

ü  Set design indicates minimal comprehension issues

ü  Design lacks the detail necessary to earn full points

ü  Minimal effort put into the set design (on notebook paper, or lacking color or detail)

ü  Set design indicates obvious comprehension issues

Stage Directions* ü  Stage directions are clear and easy to read (speaker, line number, formatting)

ü  Minimum two pieces of stage direction per speaker

ü  Stage directions indicate thorough comprehension of the text

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

ü  Stage directions are clear and easy to read

ü  Minimum two piece of stage direction per speaker

ü  Comprehension of the text is evident

ü  Stage directions may not be clear or easy to read

ü  Minimum one piece of stage direction per speaker

ü  Stage directions indicate minimal comprehension issues

ü  Less than one piece of stage direction per speaker

ü  Stage directions indicate obvious comprehension issues

Emphasized Lines* ü  Identified five of the most important lines in the play, one for each act, or five from assigned act

ü  Clearly explained how each line relates to character development or theme in a well-developed paragraph

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Identified five of the most important lines in the play, one for each act

ü  Explained how each line relates to character development or theme, but may lack specificity or clarity

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Identified five or fewer lines from the play, but the lines may not be significant to character development or theme

ü  Explanation may lack strong analysis and be plot summary dependent

ü  Identified five or fewer lines from the play, but the lines may not be significant to character development or theme

ü  Minimal explanation may completely lack analysis

Wardrobes ü  Included a wardrobe for the five major characters

ü  Accurately identified whether the character is round or flat

ü  Explanations are clear and contain strong analysis of character development

ü  Included a wardrobe for the five major characters

ü  Accurately identified whether the character is round or flat

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

ü  Included a wardrobe for five or fewer major characters

ü  Did not accurately identify whether the character is round or flat

ü  May be lacking a visual representation

ü  May have minimal explanation

ü  May have a visual representation of the wardrobe without an explanation

ü  May have a minimal explanation of the wardrobe without a visual

ü  No mention of character development

Props ü  Identified ten props

ü  Clearly explained how each prop symbolizes a recurring concept in the play

ü  Image included for each prop

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Identified ten props

ü  Explained how each prop symbolizes a recurring concept, but may lack specificity or clarity

ü  Image included for each prop

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Identified seven to ten props

ü  Lacks explanation for how each prop symbolizes a recurring concept

ü  Explanation may be plot summary dependent

ü  May not have an image for each prop

ü  Identified fewer than seven props

ü  Props do not symbolize recurring concepts

ü  Lacks explanation for each prop

ü  Lacks image for each prop

 

Cast List ü  Accurately identified the five major characters

ü  Clear analysis comparing and contrasting both characters

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Accurately identified the five major characters

ü  Analysis compares and contrasts both characters, but may lack specificity or clarity.

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Identified five or fewer major characters

ü  Analysis focuses only on one character or the other but lacks strong support.

ü  Explanation is plot summary dependent

ü  Identified five or fewer major characters

ü  Little to no analysis, no connection between the play and a modern role

 

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