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Group Project/Scene Presentation

The purpose of this assignment is four-fold: to practice analytical reading, to gain a more thorough knowledge of a text, to share that knowledge with others, and to sustain a conversation about the text and topic.  You will be in charge of either class discussion one day or you will present a scene from the play we are reading (your group’s choice).  You will be graded individually using the rubrics on CourseDen.  The project is worth 10% of your final grade.

Group projects

Assignment:  Your group is in charge of running the class for about 20 minutes on the text(s) and topic of the day.

Strong projects will:

  • Be based on the reading and topic for the week.  Plan to have read the text well and do some additional research on the author, topic, theme etc.
  • Be well-coordinated.  You do not necessarily need to meet extensively with your group members, but you should coordinate your presentations, discussion questions, topic(s), and a plan of action.
  • Be well-balanced.  Try to be sure everyone has a job and that no one person is doing all of the work him or herself (either behind the scenes or on presentation day).
  • Get the class talking and sustain conversation on the text and topic for the duration of your project time.
  • Provide me with copies of discussion questions, presentation materials (when possible), and/or a works cited on additional research.

Helpful hints for group projects:

  • You will probably want to coordinate early and send out discussion questions to the class a few days before your presentation.  You can do this by email or by passing out questions in class the meeting before.  (This will significantly help you to get the class talking.)
  • Feel free to be creative.  Your project can be almost anything: small groups leading to larger group discussion, a Power Point presentation, a game linked to the text, include clips from movies, etc.  Be sure that whatever you do clarifies the text.
  • Model your project on previous, successful classes, or portions of my teaching that you liked or responded well to.
  • Remember that you also have to lead a discussion.  Have mercy on your classmates and do the reading, questions etc. in prep for their projects as a courtesy.

Scene presentations

Assignment:  Your group will present a scene (possibly more) from the play that we are reading (a total of about 10 minutes).  You will then lead a discussion on that scene and the performance (about 10 minutes).

Strong scenes will:

  • Be clearly contextualized.  Be sure we know what the proceeding incident/scene was.
  • Involve all group members to some extent (you may choose to have a director who does not act, if you wish).
  • Include theatrical suggestions: be clear about where the stage is, what the scenery is (if there is any), use props and costume suggestions, make use of lighting or a sound track or anything else you think will add to a clear interpretation of the scene.
  • Have the lines memorized—yes, I mean this.  This is important, otherwise the script gets in the way of what you are trying to do.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the scene.  Be prepared to answer questions such as “What is the scene about?  Why is it important to the play as a whole? ”

Helpful hints for scenes:

  • Choose a scene that is important to the play.  DO NOT choose a scene based solely on the number of actors that you have!  Actively problem solve if this situation arises: double roles, give a non-group member (or me) a small part, make a puppet of a character, etc.
  • Be sure you allow enough time for the assignment.  Start rehearsals as early as possible and meet with your group at least twice.
  • Make rehearsal copies of your scene or soliloquy (don’t try to carry around the book).  Mark up your copies with notes to yourself about how to say lines or where to move.
  • Try and rehearse at least two times.
  • Remember to breathe.