1. Apply elements of analyzing the message in a piece of drama.
2. Create a thesis statement to focus the paper.
3. Apply elements of works cited formatting.
4. Apply the elements of characterization to a piece of drama.
5. Create a characterization of one of the main characters in a play.
Develop three essays to respond to questions listed in the assignment.
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Due week ten: DRAMA OVERVIEW: PLAYS
Since drama is a visual medium, the reader must pay more attention to the actions as well as the dialogue of the characters. Take the time to read the plays more slowly, noting the author’s notes and asides that set the scenes and indicate the actors’ movements. Let the play unfold in your mind’s eye. Feel the emotion the actions identify.
STEP 1: READ:
ELEMENTS OF PLAYS
Ch. 17 "Reading and writing about Plays" (pp. 431-440)
Types of plays, pp. 431
Elements of Drama, pp. 433
Organizing an analysis of character, pp. 437
Checklist: Getting Ideas for Writing Arguments about plays, p. 440
STEP 2: READ:
"Trifles" by Susan Glaspell, p. 443
"Sure Thing” by David Ives, p. 453
“Andre’s Mother” by Terrence McNally, p. 737
STEP 3: WRITE: COMPLETE
1. A character analysis of Mrs. Wright based on the guidance offered on pp. 440-441 and in response to question #4 (p. 453). Use citations and back up your opinions with evidence. Include drafts and a works cited page for the play. Include in-text citations for material you quote from the play. (50pts)
2. After reading “Sure Thing” answer either question 1 or 3 on p. 461. Include in-text citations for material you quote from the play. (50pts)
3. After reading “Andre’s Mother” answer #1 or #3 on p. 739. Include in-text citations for the material you quote from the play. (50 pts)