STAGE 2 DRAMA STUDIES ASSESSMENT COMPONENT 2:
ASSESSMENT EXEMPLAR WRITTEN EXAMINATION
Theatre and Film Analysis Essay - Marking Guideline
Context Statement: This marking guide expresses the curriculum statement assessment criteria in a holistic manner. This description provides an indication of the way in which the criteria would be evident in the context of a written essay.
Outstanding achievement Grade - A Mark – 10
Understood the question and was able to refer to and answer it throughout the essay. A complete answer, analysing all the theatrical elements which helped to create theatrical impact. Engaged intelligently with the ideas of the playwright and communicated a clear staging concept. Successfully
referred to theatre genres, styles or influences on the text or material. Very high achievement Grade – A Mark – 9
Understood the question and was able to refer to and answer it but not quite as successfully as above. Very similar to the above with perhaps one element not discussed or not quite the same
command of language or some detail or observation is missing. High achievement Grade – B Mark – 7 - 8
Very well written, some inconsistency, moments of excellence but not sustained. Covers the
theatrical elements thoroughly but perhaps separately rather than discussing the combined effect of their integration. Doesn't discuss in detail the meaning or ideas of the writer, director, production or film. May lack a key reference to genre or theatre influence. Is likely to be missing one obvious reference or scene that should have been referred to. Refers to theorists but not entirely successfully. Competent achievement Grade – C Mark – 6
Discusses the elements of the text but in a check-list fashion. Theatrical elements are discussed separately. Opinions are given without substantiation. Writing style is clear but lacks flair and imagination. May only address one aspect of the question.
Marginal achievement Grade – D Mark – 4 - 5
Theatre elements are discussed in a very basic way. Reveals knowledge of the text in terms of story but may not discuss in detail theatricality of the text. It is not easy for the reader to visualise the production concept. There may be errors in essential information. Very little personal response. The textual analysis or proposed production lacks enthusiasm or is not well thought out. Evidence of rote learning or regurgitating a planned essay and does not attempt to answer the
question. Low achievement Grade – E Mark – 0 - 3
Poorly written. Vague, unclear statements. Minimal discussion of theatre elements. Reflects lack of understanding of the text Contradictory. Brief. No reference to the question.
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