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Greek Theater PBLA


Modern Greek Classic Theater Performance Based Learning Assessment:

Directions:  In groups students will write and perform a modern scene, which imitates the style, figurative language, and general characteristics of classic Greek theater.  Students should refer to their class notes on theater during the Greek time period as well as the scene from Sophocles’ Antigone, which we saw performed in class.  All groups must type (12 font, double spaced) their scene and perform it to the best of their ability.  Parts need not be memorized, but actors should try their best to not be “buried in their scripts.”  Remember:  It is impossible to act with your eyelids.    Point Value:  Test Grade

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.)  


Pre Performance: Point Values:

1.)  Students have brainstormed ideas for their original

Greek tragedy in an organized and thoughtful

class discussion.  All members have participated.                 10                      

2.)  Students have incorporated the following elements

for a realistic model of a Greek tragedy:

a.)    An aristocratic hero/heroine

b.)    The fatal flaw for that hero/heroine

c.)    A series of wrong decisions or conflicts

in which the hero’s flaw leads to his/her

eventual fall (or death).

d.)  The events of the play are large in scope

       and serious or sad.

e.)  Figurative language is used (similes, metaphors, hyperbole)                                   

f.)     Some kind of chorus is used appropriately.   

g.)    Catharsis takes place.                                   50     


3.)  Students demonstrate believable behavior and

speech for their characters.                                              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