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Script Analysis

Course Details

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Fall 2013
Fain Fine Arts Center
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MWF 9:00 - 9:50

Elizabeth James Lewandowski (view Profile)

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Course Objectives
  1.  To read and analyze a number of representative plays from ancient Greece to contemporary times.  [Departmental learning outcome:  Functional knowledge of theatrical development]
  2. To apply various methods of play analysis – dynamic, rhetorical, thematic, imagistic, linguistic, and historical/biographical – to the plays and to discover the different results that each type of analysis will yield.  [Departmental learning outcome:  Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application]
  3. To contemplate how various analytical discoveries might translate, or have translated, into the design, direction, and performance of a play.  [Departmental learning outcome:  Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application]
  4. To understand essential differences between pre-realistic, realistic, and non-realistic (post-modern) modes of dramatic expression, such as classicism, neo-classicism, expressionism, symbolism, surrealism, and absurdism.  [Departmental learning outcome:  Functional knowledge of theatrical development and Theoretical/conceptual knowledge]
  5. To understand the distinguishing features of tragedy, comedy, drama, melodrama, and tragicomedy.  [Departmental learning outcome:  Functional knowledge of theatrical development and Theoretical/conceptual knowledge and application]


Course Expectations

For each of the plays read in class, the student will either prepare a commentary or a take-home essay.  The essays should be 3-5 pages long, commentaries 8-12, and should be submitted electronically on D2L.  Papers should be double-spaced, 12 point font.  Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and neatness, as well as substance and clarity, will be taken into account in grading the commentaries.  The commentaries must be free of plagiarism (see “Student Rights and Responsibilities” below) with all ideas from outside sources cited

Grading Standards


            Quizzes                                               100

            Midterm                                              150

            Final Exam                                          150

            Commentaries                                     500

            Attendance                                         100


The primary emphasis for this course will be on the analyses written for each play.  Analyses are to be submitted using D2L, avoiding the need to find a printer before submission of the papers.  D2L will accept papers several days before the due date and will no longer accept them beginning at the date and time designated in the class schedule.  When the paper has been graded, D2L will send a notification to the student.  Specific detail for the grading of the analyses, as well as the rubric, will be discussed in class.

            Quizzes will be taken in D2L during the time slots designated in the class schedule.  Each quiz will be 10 questions with the questions varied each time the quiz is taken.  Each quiz will have 10 minutes of “active” working time.  The students is required to take each quiz until a 90% or better is achieved.  Grades for the quizzes will be based on the number of attempts. 

            perfect score on first attempt = 100%

            90% on first attempt = 90%

            90% on second attempt = 80%

            90% on third attempt    = 70%

            90% on fourth attempt  = 60%

            90% on fifth attempt     = 50%

            90% on sixth attempt    = 40%

            90% on seventh attempt= 30%

            90% on eighth attempt  = 20%

            90% on tenth attempt    = 10%

            failure to take the quiz  = 0%

Final Exam 12/09/2013 8:00 - 10:00 am
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

You are expected to do the assignments when they are assigned.  Failure to do so will result in an inability to keep pace.  All graded assignments should be submitted on or before the deadline.  Late assignments will not be accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend all classes.  Since no text book is require for the course, failure to attend class means missing important information.  This class is, by its nature, participatory.  Missing class means missing the chance to participate in your own education and the education of others in the class.  The college policy allows for “five and you die”.  You are allowed five fifty minutes absences beyond which you will be dropped from the class by the professor.  Attendance is taken at the beginning of class.  The professor reserves the right to disallow counting a student present who is extremely late.  If you need to miss class due to a religious holiday, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.  If you need to miss class due to a university-sponsored event such as a field trip or sporting event, please see the professor as far in advance as possible.  You will be required to complete the assigned work on or before the due date and you will be required to submit an official form from the university before your absence.  Please note that work, non-emergency medical and dental appointments, hangovers, intramural games, visitors from out of town, fixing your roommate’s computer, fraternity/sorority events, arguments with boyfriends/girlfriends and studying for other classes do NOT constitute excused absences.

Other Policies

Dishonest work on homework or on examinations is a serious offense, as is plagiarism.  The university and the professor will not tolerate either one.  If either occurs, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  The 2002-2003 Student Senate wrote and adopted the MSU Student Honor Creed.  The highlight of the creed is “As an MSU students, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”  Enough said.

            Students with disabilities or who are in need of special arrangements should see the professor as early as possible in the semester.  Please not that in order to qualify for consideration of special accommodations, the student must be registered with the MSU Office of Disability Services, and the professor must receive a memo on file from that office, along with the Special Accommodations Request form.

            Social justice is one of MSU’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age or ability.  It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.  Be civil at all times and focus on understanding the material being discussed.

            Cell phone use in class is prohibited.  If your cell phone rings during a class, you may be asked to leave the classroom and receive an absence for the day.  No texting.  Again, you may be asked to leave the classroom.  Please don’t make this an issue, just turn off the phone during our class.  If other commitments are so pressing that they cannot wait until the end of the class session, it may be in the student’s best interests to reconsider the priority placed on being in this class.  In any case, the professor reserves the right to ask the student to leave immediately or to embarrass the student mercilessly if their phone etc makes noise during class.

            Federal privacy law prohibits the professor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student.  Thus, in almost all cases, the professor cannot discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents.  Please do not ask them to call the professor.  Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professor’s general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form.  College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.


            In short:  Be on time.  Be awake.  Be prepared.  Be engaged.  Ask questions.  Study.  Come ready to be a scholar or stay at home.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

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