Assignments for Theater 163, "Survey of One-Act Plays"
A winner of the John S. Knight Assignment prize, this sequence originates from Theater, Film and Dance 163, American Drama in Sixty Minutes or Less: A Survey of One-Act Plays. Students practice different kinds of writing while approaching one-act plays through a range of considerations. Short assignments ask students to write from the perspective of theatre professionals, using appropriate genre. Longer essays, all with preparatory writing, include an essay on a ten-minute play, which students working in pairs present in class; a comparison and contrast essay; and the creation of a hypothetical anthology of one-act plays for which students write the introduction. Materials include study questions for the plays and a handout on dramatic terms. 27 page pdf
experiential learning; in-class activities; oral presentations; rhetorical situation