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Downton Abbey PBLA


 Creative Drama/TheaterWorkshop                                                     P. Lee-Muratori

Common Core State Standards:

C.9-10.R.L.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 

CC.9-10.R.L.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. 

CC.9-10.W.3  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. 

CC.9-10.W.3.b  Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. 

CC.9-10.SL.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. 

CC.9-10.SL.6  Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 9-10 Language standards 1 and 3 on pages 54 for specific expectations.) 

                 Downton Abbey Performance Based Learning Assessment:

Directions: As a class we will watch an episode of Downton Abbey.  We will discuss the characters and the choices the filmmaker/screenwriter use to introduce, develop, and refine complex characters.  You will then create your own episode of the show.  You may use the original characters or create your own version (ie. Downton Abbey and The Kardashians) with your own setting, conflicts, and themes that will keep your viewers watching.  Test Grade

Group Members:  ______________________________________________________________________  



Pre Performance:                                                   Point Value:                  Self:     Teacher:

1.)  Students have brainstormed ideas for their original

or adapted television series                                                10                                   

2.)  Students have incorporated a clear sense of setting

for their show.  We, as viewers, understand why the show

is set in the time/place it is.  We also know “where we are.”   10                                           


3.)  Students demonstrate believable behavior and

speech for their characters in accordance with the original

show.                                                                                 10                                   

4.) Students demonstrate an awareness of articulation

and projection.                                                                   10                                   

5.)  Students perform their roles in accordance with the choices

motivations, and objectives determined during their

brainstorming pre-performance, as is demonstrated by focus

commitment, and organization.                                             10                                   

6.)  Students display creativity, originality and understanding

of their characters (including costumes, and props

if necessary)                                                              10                             


     Total Possible Points:                                     100