Script Analysis

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Course Description:
This course is a study of the play, from page to stage, with emphasis on critical analysis of structure, genre, theme, style, character, language, dramatic event, and point of view of the actor, director, designers, and audience. An introduction to theatre research methods. THE 2304 fulfills 6,000 words of the Gordon Rule writing requirement.


Course Details


Grades of “C” or higher in ENC 1101-1102.



Rachel West, Ph.D.
Office:  Z225


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Ball, David.  Backwards & Forwards.  2017 ed.  Southern Illinois University Press. ISBN: 9780809311101.

Gainor, J. Ellen, et al. The Norton Anthology of Drama, Vol I and II. 3rd ed. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.  ISBN: 9780393283495.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

Area 4: Communication

College-Level Competency: Comprehend and articulate effectively in English: reading, writing, oral communication

C-1 Communicate effectively in various rhetorical modes

C-2 Evaluate ideas using critical thinking

C-3 Demonstrate appropriate documentation techniques through various assignments

C-4 Analyze human experiences through reading and writing

C-5 Demonstrate the effective use of the conventions of Standard American English


Area 5: Humanities

College-Level Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate works of human culture

H-1 Compare works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music) in various cultures or literary movements

H-2 Analyze artistic expressions (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-3 Communicate informed responses to works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)

H-4 Explain thematic connections among works of the humanities (art, philosophy, architecture, literature, film, theatre and/or music)


Theatre Studies Competency: Interpret, evaluate, and appreciate dramatic texts, the methods by which dramatic texts are realized in production, and engage in the collaborative communication and processes of theatre production.

Th-1: Identify aspects of the theatrical production process including performance, directing, design, technical production, marketing, and management.

Th-2: Analyze dramatic texts and theatrical productions.

Th-3: Apply performance and/or production practices through work on various theatrical productions.

Th-4: Demonstrate knowledge of the history, literature, theories, and skills needed for advanced study or a career in theatre arts and entertainment industry.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level Student Learning ObjectivesDiscipline-Specific 
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Methods
Demonstrate the organization and preparation involved with a theatrical production C-1, C-3, C-4, C-5; H-2, H-3; Th-1, Th-4 Cumulative Final, Discussion Board, Documented Essays, Quizzes, Report/Presentation
Evaluate scripts using critical thinking C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5; H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4; Th-1; Th-2  
Analyze the impact of society, historical events, mores, and politics on scripts C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5; H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4; Th-1; Th-2  
Interpret a script from the director’s, actor’s, and designers’ perspectives C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5; H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4; Th-1; Th-2; Th-4  


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Assigned readings, both from text and outside sources
  • Class lecture, notes, handouts
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes and testing experiences
  • Attendance at a Chipola Theatre production, including student productions

Approximately 6,000 words will be required in order for any student to receive a satisfactory grade of at least a “C.”  Multiple essays, including documented essays (research paper), must be written by each student.  Short writing exercises may be used to teach specific objectives.  Final drafts will be prepared on a computer and submitted to Turn It In through Canvas.  Each essay is expected to be neat, edited for careless errors, and turned in on time.  Each instructor may specify other requirements.  Make‑up work is the responsibility of the student, as covered elsewhere under Attendance and Withdrawal Policies.

PLAGIARISM is academic dishonesty and may be defined as submitting another’s work as your own.  It includes failure to use quotation marks or other conventional marking around material quoted from any printed or electronic source.  Plagiarism shall also include paraphrasing a specific source without indicating accurately what the source is.  Plagiarism shall further include downloading essays or letting another person compose or rewrite a student's written assignment.  Plagiarism will result in a zero (0) for the assignment.


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