Major Writing Assignment Three

Collaborative Writing Project


The class will be divided into small groups and each group will produce a short play. You may divide the tasks anyway that works for your team as long as it is balanced and unanimous. Using the information covered in the course, each group will try to create a play that follows the basic criteria for their type of performance. Teams will need to establish the story arc and basic elements in class during the workshops. For example, they will need to determine if it is a love story set in the near future or a comedy set in the distant past. Who will be the main characters and what are their personalities and motivations? The choices are almost limitless.

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Creative Collaboration- Group portion

Since teams will need to work together outside of class, some workshop time should be used to determine contact methods, means of composition, and deadlines. You may even wish to discuss how to handle any obstacles that may arise.

At the end of the project, I will evaluate the plays for how well they work as an artifact of drama. Do the characters act believably or consistently throughout the play? Is the dialogue appropriate for the setting and character? Are there stage directions that let the actors know what to do?

Personal Explication- Individual Portion

In addition, each student will write a brief explication (2+ pages) of how the play functions within the context of its conception. The analysis should discuss ideas using drama terms from Compact Literature about how the play works as a whole to represent the theme established at beginning of the play. It should also use at least two secondary sources to support the explication.

MWA 3- Drama Project Paper Specifications


  • The final length will depend on the type of play produced:
  • A One-Act play should be no less than 200 lines
  • A Ten Minute is roughly ten pages typed (minute= page)
  • Longer plays will vary
  • Dialogue format with staging directions for all plays


  • Two pages, typed and double-spaced
  • Drafts that do not meet the minimum will not be evaluated and will be given an automatic grade of F (50). Do not try to get around this requirement by making the margins, spacing and font larger. Please also note that this is a minimum length requirement.

Format: Margins, Spacing and indentation, Font, Pagination, Heading, Title

  • 1” all around
  • Double space throughout
  • ½ inch indentation of the first line of a paragraph
  • Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Identification of your last name and page number in top right margin, ½ inch from the top margin.
  • See your Little DK Handbook for instructions on how the heading should be formatted.

You will need to include your name, my name, the course name, and the date. An example essay in MLA format is in the Little DK starts on pages 116-125.

The title of the essay must not be:

  • Underlined
  • In quotes
  • Boldface
  • In a larger font
  • Surrounded by extra space

Late penalties

  • Please see the syllabus for late penalties.

Use of 1st and 2nd person pronouns

  • Never use “you” or “your” unless in a direct quotation. Its use is informal and indefinite.
  • Avoid using “I” as well. There is usually a better way to write the sentence.

Works Cited

  • Works Cited is required with at least two sources for the explication portion


  • This assignment is available for revision if submitted on time and it meets the minimum page requirements