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Dramtic Monologue Directions and Scoring Rubric

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Guidelines for Dramatic Monologue

 [Reminders:  Research your dreamer/doer September 17 and 18; write your monologue and practice with a friend Sept. 19; give presentation and turn in a copy of your speech and sources used on Thursday, Sept. 20.]

 

The entire monologue should take at least 2 minutes to perform and may  include a costume or a prop. 

 

You must include answers to the first three statements within the monologue, must give at least 3 references at the end of the monologue, and end with the statement, “My name is

__________________________________.”  Other statements are given as guidelines to help you determine what other information you can give about your dreamer or doer.

1.   My physical description and place of origin (gender, race, etc.) are

2.   The dream I fulfilled is

3.   The obstacles I overcame were

4.   My childhood dreams were

5.   The people who helped me fulfill my dreams were

6.   My role models were

7.   A typical day in my life included

8.   The steps I took in fulfilling my dreams were

9.   My parents’ dreams for me were

(Long pause/conclude with the line)

 

My name is __________________________________.


 

 

 

Dramatic Monologue Scoring Rubric

 

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Props/Costume

Student uses several props (could include costume) that accurately fit the period, show work/creativity and enhance presentation.

Student uses 1-2 props that accurately fit the period and make the presentation better.

Student uses 1-2 props that make the presentation better.

The student uses no props OR the props chosen detract from the presentation.

Required Elements

Student included more information than was required.

Student included all information that was required.

Student included most information that was required.

Student included less information than was required.

Historical Accuracy

All historical information appeared to be accurate.

Almost all historical information appeared to be accurate.

Most of the historical information was accurate.

Very little of the historical information was accurate.

Sources

All sources are accurately documented in the desired format.

All sources are accurately documented, but some not in the desired format.

All sources are accurately documented, but many not in the desired format.

Some sources are not accurately documented.

Mechanics

Monologue, any visuals and references are free of errors. 

Few errors occur in monologue, visuals and references and do not distract the reader or listener.

Errors in monologue, visuals and references distract the reader or listener.

Errors interfere with the meaning of the monologue, visuals and references.

Presentation

Speaker maintains excellent eye contact, appropriate posture, appropriate tone and volume and movements (gestures) that enhance the presentation.

Speaker uses some eye contact, stands erect, speaks clearly but is hard to hear at times and has some unplanned gestures.

Speaker does not look at audience, has nervous gestures, mumbles or whispers and stands mostly in one spot.

Speaker looks away from audience, appears highly nervous and cannot be understood.

"He who learns but does not think is lost! 
He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger!" 
Confucius 551-479 B.C. (Chinese philosopher)

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"YOU make choices, but  CHOICES make you." (DOS)
 
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” (FDR)

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DID YOU KNOW THAT NO PIECE OF PAPER CAN BE FOLDED IN HALF MORE THAN SEVEN TIMES?  TRY IT.  THEN GET BACK TO WORK.

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