10th Grade Staging a Play: Homeschool Assignment

Instructor: Megan Sarkisian
This assignment asks students to find two adaptations of a dramatic work they have studied, watching the opening scene to form an impression of the directors' choices about characters and setting. Students then write an essay exploring the directors' choices, answering questions of why these choices were made and how they contribute to the directors' storytelling.

Assignment Instructions for Students

Choose a dramatic work you have studied. Find two examples of different adaptations of that play (it could be an adaptation for the stage, television or film). Watch the opening scene (the first 5-10 minutes) and consider the director's choices in terms of characters and setting. Write 4-5 paragraphs explaining these choices - why do you think they have chosen to tell the story in this way, and how do they contribute to creating different effects for their respective audiences?

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