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Group project: Write a play

Along with a group of your classmates, you will write a realistic play about drug abuse/addiction. Your 10-15 minute play will have three acts: Act I: exposition and inciting incident (introduction of conflict), Act II: rising action and complication, and Act III: climax, falling action, and resolution. The choices regarding setting, characters, plot, and division of work lie with you and your group. You will perform your play for your CORE classes in December (dates TBA).

Over the course of November and early December, you wil participate in a series of theater exercises and workshops to prepare for your play. You will read articles and conduct research on the writing and production of plays. You will have generous amounts of time in class with your group. However work beyond class will be necessary in order to complete this project.

For full credit, you must...

  1. submit a script by Friday, December 12, 2014.
  2. meet the minimum length of performance (ten minutes).
  3. honor your personal responsibilities from your group's performance contract.
  4. include topics from Othello (violence, jealousy, honesty, prejudice, etc) and social issues (stress, drug addiction, depression, health, etc).

As an alternative you may choose an individual project of writing a narrative. See the bottom box for a description. You must make a choice by Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (along with your potential group members).

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Alternative assignment: Individual Project: Write a Narrative

You will write a fictional narrative (story) about drug abuse/addiction. Your realistic narrative must incorporate the following elements: dialogue, blocking, setting description, character description, scenes, and summarization. You should consider interior monologue, figurative language, personifacation, and flashback. You will use descriptive language: specific nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The choices regarding setting, characters, and plot lie with you.

You will present your story to your CORE classes in December (dates TBA).

Over the course of November and early December, you will participate in a series of exercises and workshops to prepare for your narrative. You will read articles and conduct research on the writing of narratives. You will have generous amounts of time in class with your story. However, work beyond class will be necessary in order to complete this project.

For full credit, you must...

  1. submit a final draft by Friday, December 12, 2014.
  2. integrate a visual and/or audio element with your story (PowerPoint, collage, music, sound effects, etc).
  3. include topics from Othello (violence, jealousy, honesty, prejudice, etc) and social issues (stress, drug addiction, depression, health, etc).

As an alternative, you may select the group project of writing a play (see the top of this page). You must make a choice by Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

This project will be your final exam grade for social issues.