Macbeth/Beowulf Screenplay Project

Project Objective

Students will be able to explore the ideas of ambition and failure by composing a 5-10 minute screenplay with one of the shared themes of Macbeth and Beowulf, at least three allusions to Macbeth and Beowulf, and one character parallel/foil of Macbeth and one character parallel/foil of Beowulf.

 

The Rules

Your screenplay must do the following:

ü  Be between 5-10 minutes filmed

ü  Follow the plot structure diagram

ü  Teach one or more of the shared themes of Macbeth and Beowulf

ü  Have a character parallel/foil of Macbeth

ü  Have a character parallel/foil of Beowulf

ü  Contain at least three allusions to Macbeth and Beowulf

 

Screenplay Analysis

Following the viewing of your screenplay, you will answer the following questions for your audience in a visual presentation (to be presented live, not in your video):

  1. How does the theme of your screenplay match a shared theme of The Tragedy of Macbeth and Beowulf?
    1. Please prepare three pieces of textual evidence from Macbeth, Beowulf, and your screenplay.
    2. Be prepared to explain how all nine pieces of textual evidence support the shared theme.
    3. Identify three examples of allusions to The Tragedy of Macbeth and Beowulf and explain why you chose to include those allusions. These must also be highlighted on your screenplay.
    4. How did you come up with the characters that parallels/foils Macbeth and Beowulf? How do his/her actions help to round out your character? How is this character pivotal to the theme of the story?

 

Project Checkpoints

  1. Identify one shared theme from Macbeth and Beowulf – 10 points
  2. Textual Evidence from Macbeth, Beowulf and screenplay – 45 points
  3. Create two character sketches for your two parallel/foil characters – 30 points
  4. Create the plot structure diagram for the screenplay – 20 points
  5. Write the screenplay rough draft – 50 points (Check out the PDF version of the screenplay formatting handout here.)
  6. Highlight all allusions – 15 points

Check out the presentation signup sheet

Grading Rubric – 180 Points Total

4 – 100%

3 – 85%

2 – 75%

1 – 65%

Theme and Evidence

55 Points Total

ü  Accurately identified the shared theme of Beowulf and Macbeth and successfully incorporated it into the screenplayü  Nine pieces of textual evidence support the themeü  Clear analysis supports the textual evidence.

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Accurately identified the shared theme of Beowulf and Macbeth and incorporated it into the screenplayü  Nine pieces of textual evidence support the themeü  Analysis supports the textual evidence, but may lack clarity or specificity

ü  Avoided plot summary

ü  Identified the shared theme of Beowulf and Macbeth, but it is not evident in the screenplayü  Five to nine pieces of textual evidence support the themeü  Analysis supports the textual evidence, but may lack clarity or specificity

ü  Too much plot summary

ü  Shared theme of Beowulf and Macbeth is weak, or does not fit one of the two textsü  Five to nine pieces of textual evidence support the themeü  Lacks analysis for each piece of textual evidence

ü  Too much plot summary

Allusions

30 Points Total

ü  Successfully included three or more allusions from Macbeth and Beowulfü  Highlighted the allusions in the screenplayü  Clear explanation of how the allusion contributes to the meaning of the screenplay ü  Included three or more allusions from Macbeth and Beowulfü  Highlighted the allusions in the screenplayü  Explanation of how the allusion contributes to the meaning of the screenplay may lack clarity or specificity ü  Two or more allusions from Macbeth and Beowulfü  Highlighted the allusions in the screenplayü  Very little explanation of how the allusion contributes to the meaning of the screenplay ü  Two or more allusions from Macbeth and Beowulfü  Highlighted the allusions in the screenplayü  Little to no explanation of how the allusion contributes to the meaning of the screenplay

Characterization

50 Points Total

Clearly explained the following:ü  How two of the major characters in the screenplay parallel or foil Macbeth and Beowulfü  The inspiration for both characters

ü  How the characters’ actions make them round

ü  How the characters help develop the theme of the screenplay

Explained the following:ü  How two of the major characters in the screenplay parallel or foil Macbeth and Beowulfü  The inspiration for both characters

ü  How the characters’ actions make them round

ü  How the characters help develop the theme of the screenplay

ü  Explained three or four of the points listed in the 4 columnü  Explanations may lack clarity or specificityü  Explanations may contain too much plot summary ü  Explained three or fewer of the points listed in the 4 columnü  Very little explanation that does not answer the questionü  Explanations almost entirely plot summary

Screenplay

30 Points Total

ü  Screenplay clearly follows the plot structure diagramü  Properly formatted the screenplay final draftü  Screenplay is free of grammatical errors

ü  Video meets the time requirements

ü  Screenplay follows the plot structure diagramü  Properly formatted the screenplay final draftü  Screenplay contains very few grammatical errors

ü  Video is either slightly short or slightly long (within 30 seconds)

ü  It isn’t clear how the screenplay follows the plot structure diagramü  The screenplay has minor formatting issuesü  Screenplay contains more than a few grammatical errors

ü  Video is too long or too short (within 2 minutes)

ü  The screenplay does not follow the plot structure diagramü  The screenplay has major formatting issuesü  The screenplay is not of final draft quality

ü  The video is too short (less than three minutes long)

Visual Presentation

15 Points Total

ü  The visual aid is clear and easy to understand.ü  It is obvious that a lot of time and effort was put into the visual aid.ü  The visual aid is free of grammatical errors. ü  The visual aid is mostly clear and easy to understand, but there are moments of that lack clarity or cause confusion in the viewer.ü  It is obvious that time and effort was put into the visual aid.ü  Visual aid contains very few grammatical errors. ü  The visual aid is disorganized and difficult for the audience to understandü  Some time and effort was put into the visual aidü  Visual aid contains grammatical errors. ü  The visual aid is disorganized, difficult to understand, and incompleteü  Very little time and effort was put into the visual aidü  Many grammatical errors make it difficult to focus on the content

 

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