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Creating an Original Television Series Pilot

         Television Pilot Performance Based Learning Assessment:

Directions: In groups you will choose a television series (or two for a “mash-up”) and create a new pilot (first show).  You must determine and portray the setting, introduce the characters, and develop conflicts that will keep your viewers watching.    Assignment Weight:  Test Grade

Common Core State Standards:

CC.11-12.R.L.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).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.)  

Group Members:  ______________________________________________________________________  

 Mash-up Series:______________________________________


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”

through the actors’ speeches and/or actions.

         10                                    ____          ____



3.)  Students demonstrate believable behavior and

speech for their characters in accordance with the original

show.    For people who are familiar with the show, they

are able to recognize characters.  For people unfamiliar

with the show, they should be able to understand the

motivation, subtext, and personality of the characters.     20                   ____          ____


4.)  A conflict that will enhance character development

is introduced in the pilot.  It need not be resolved, as

this is your first show.  However, a clear conflict that will

effect ALL characters appears toward the beginning of your

show.                                                                           20                 _____      _____


5.) Students demonstrate an awareness of articulation

and projection.                                                              10                ____         ____


6.)  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.                                       20               ____          ____


7.)  Students display creativity, originality and understanding

of their characters (including costumes, and props

where necessary)  and their take on their show.                                 10               ____      ____

 Total Possible Points:                                 100                  ____          ____