T.E403

Directing Open Scenes

Directing Open Scenes

Students will assume the role of a director and direct two teacher-assigned classmates in an open scene chosen from a list of four provided open scenes. The student director will (1) cast the two students; (2) complete a director’s worksheet; (3) work with the student actors on establishing circumstances, relationships, objectives, characterization, and blocking; and (4) write a reflection about the directing experience.

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This is an analytic rubric. The column on the left shows the dimension that is being measured in the student’s performance. The levels across the top row indicate the performance level in the dimensions. Occasionally all dimensions and performance levels are exemplified by multiple students in a single recording.

TEACHER SCORING RUBRIC

  • Dimension
  • Worksheet

  • Reflection

  • Use of Time

  • Blocking Notes, Staging of Scene

  • Characterization, Circumstances, Objectives, Tactics

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Worksheet shows little effort, and most questions are unanswered.

    N/A at this time.
  • Worksheet is mostly incomplete.

    N/A at this time.
  • Worksheet is complete, and most answers are thoughtful.

    N/A at this time.
  • Worksheet is complete, and all answers are thoughtful.

    N/A at this time.
  • Most questions are not answered.

    N/A at this time.
  • Most questions are answered but not explained.

    N/A at this time.
  • All questions are answered, and most are clearly explained.

    N/A at this time.
  • All questions are answered and are clearly explained.

    N/A at this time.
  • Most of the time is off task. Director did not work well with actors.

    N/A at this time.
  • Some of the time is used effectively. Director works well with actors some of the time.

    N/A at this time.
  • Most of the time is used effectively. Director works well with actors.

    N/A at this time.
  • Time is used effectively. Director works well with actors.

    N/A at this time.
  • There is minimal blocking and little or no notation in the script.

    N/A at this time.
  • There is some blocking, and it is noted in the script.

    N/A at this time.
  • Good, thoughtful blocking is noted in the script.

    N/A at this time.
  • Excellent, thoughtful blocking is noted in the script.

    N/A at this time.
  • Lacks direction. Does not effectively convey the characters and the world of the scene. Actors do not play off each other.

    N/A at this time.
  • Evidence of direction. Adequate attempt to convey the characters and the world of the scene. Some interaction between actors.

    N/A at this time.
  • Interesting direction. Appropriate illumination of the characters and the world of the scene. Good interaction between actors.

    N/A at this time.
  • Interesting direction. Very appropriate illumination of the characters and the world of the scene. Excellent interaction between actors.

    N/A at this time.
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