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How to Write a Set Text Essay i n a Few Simple S teps. . INTRO STEP 1: LIKE S1 ANSWER THE QUESTION Abigail in The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a character who is controlling. STEP 2:

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How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

How to Write a Set Text Essay

in a Few Simple Steps.


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

INTRO

STEP 1:

LIKE S1 ANSWER THE QUESTION Abigail in The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a character who is controlling.

STEP 2:

EXPLAIN WHAT “MANIPULATIVE and/or CONTROLLING” MEANSControlling means asserting power over others for personal gain.

STEP 3:

BREAK THAT DOWN INTO 4 DIFFERENT PEOPLE SHE CONTROLS. Throughout the play we see Abigail control/assert her power over Mary Warren, John Proctor, Parris and Danforth.

STEP 4: TIE IT ALL BACK TO THE ACTING/DIRECTING PART OF THE QUESTION

All of these relationships would be interesting to explore as an actor.

“Choose a character in your prescribed text that you would consider to be manipulative and/ or controlling. Give reasons for your choice. As an actor, how would you perform this role?


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

EXAMPLEINTRO

Abigail in The Crucible by Arthur Miller is a character who is controlling. Controlling means asserting power over others for personal gain.Throughout the play Abigail asserts her power over Mary Warren, John Proctor, Parris and Danforth. All of these relationships are interesting to explore as an actor.


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

Paragraph One – you need 2 different examples of/moments when we see Abigail’s controlling behaviour with justMaryWarren.

quote

Explain how

where

One mark

In Act I, we see Abigail threatening Mary Warren in order to keep her quiet.

“I will come to you in the black of the night and serve you a pointy reckoning’

Abigail is intimidating towards Mary Warren to ensure she does not tell the truth about Abigail’s involvement in witchcraft, to which Mary submits. Thus showing Abigail is controlling.

Opening sentence explains the paragraph topic.

One mark

As an actor I would ….. To show….

How you would act a la standard grade.

We can identify Abigail as controlling through her relationship with Mary Warren, as she asserts power over Mary throughout the play.

One mark

Explain how

quote

where

As an actor I would ….. To show….

One mark

How you would act a la standard grade.


Explaining how is key

EXPLAINING HOW IS KEY....

You must always round off your paragraph by first, referring back to your original definition and then, concluding by referring to the question

‘At this moment it is clear Abigail is asserting her power over Mary Warren thus demonstrating that she is a controlling character.’


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

  • SQA MARKING GUIDELINES SAY YOU WOULD GET A MARK IF YOU...

  • ‘communicate the aspects of how an actor can convey a controlling character’

  • You could talk about

  • How the actor would use voice or movement to be controlling

  • How the actor would interact with other characters to be controlling

  • How the actor would interact with the audience to be controlling

  • How the actor would use the space to be controlling

  • How the actor would use their costume to be controlling

  • How the actor would use props to be controlling

  • How the actor would use make-up to be controlling.


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

CONVENTIONS

alternative ways of presenting all or parts of a presentation

Slow motion

Tableau (C) / Frozen Picture (F)

Freeze Frame –action frozen in time

Soliloquy

Flashback/flash forward

Narration

Voice Over( recorded speech played during a drama)/

Voice in Head (recall words said by others about a character or situation)

Mime

Monologue

soliloquy

OTHER ACTING TECHNIQUES

Aside- to audience only

Stage whisper

Masks

stereotype

MOVEMENT

Stance

Balance

Body Language

Gesture

Facial Expression

Mime

Posture

Pace

Timing

Slow Motion

Blocking

Masking

VOICE

Articulation

Fluency

Intonation

Register

Clarity

Pause

Pitch

Accent

Pace

Timing

Tone

Volume

Emphasis

CHARACTERISATION

- the process of developing a character fully

Character

Role Play

-exploring attitudes and beliefs

Thought Tracking

- when prompted the character says their thoughts out loud

Voice in the Head

Writing in Role

Hot Seating

Thought Tunnel

-character walks past other characters.

Those other characters speak their thoughts outloud

usually about the character walking past.


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

Set

Back cloth

Cyclorama

Gauze

Flies

Door Flats

Window Flats

Flats

Scenery

Trapdoor

Rostra

Treads

Truck

Wings

Backstage

Lighting

Follow Spot

Profile Spot

Fresnel

Flood Light

(gauze)

Barn Doors

Gobo

Gel

Pyrotechnics

Focusing (the lights)

Black out

Slow fade

Cross fade

Snap-to

  • Props

  • objects used by actors

  • Personal Prop

  • Set prop

  • Costume

  • Period Costume

  • Write in super detail for full marks

Staging

Venue

Thrust

Theatre in the round

End on

Proscenium Arch

Avenue

Auditorium

Revolving Stage

Ground plan

Key

Rake

Enter/exit

Audience

Sight lines

Stage Directions

Stalls, balcony, dress circle

Make Up

liners

Wax/nose putty

Crepe hair

Fake blood

Latex

Spirit gum

Makeup pallets

Stipple sponge

Scarring

Skull cap

Tooth varnish

Sound

Sound cue

Cross fade

Recorded voice over


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

I WOULD (tell the actors to) (put a) (use a) VOCAB WORD (that is voice, movement, sound, lights, set, props, costume, makeup)WHERE (on the stage) or WHEN (in the script) TO SHOW …..


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

Paragraph 2, 3 and 4 – repeat the same process for the three other characters you mentioned in the intro. Remember, two examples /moments for each character.

quote

Explain how

where

One mark

We see Abigail assert power over John Proctor in Act 1.

Opening sentence explains the paragraph topic.

One mark

As an actor I would ….. To show….

How you would act a la standard grade.

Abigail’s controlling behaviour is also demonstrated via her relationship with John Proctor.

One mark

Explain how

quote

where

As an actor I would ….. To show….

One mark

How you would act a la standard grade.


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

CONCLUSION

STEP ONE:

RELIST YOUR DEFINITION

Controlling means asserting power over others for personal gain

STEP TWO:

RELIST YOUR PARAGRAPH TOPICS

Through out the play we see Abigail asserting her power over the characters of Mary Warren, John Proctor, Parris and Danforth

RELIST YOUR FIRST STATEMENT

Therefore, as I have shown through the text and my choices for my portrayal of this character, Abigail is a controlling character


How to write a set text essay i n a few simple s teps

Controlling means asserting power over others for personal gain. Through out the play we see Abigail asserting her power over the characters of Mary Warren, John Proctor, Parris and Danforth. Therefore, as I have shown through the text and my choices for my portrayal of this character, Abigail is a controlling character.


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