Stage 2 classical studies assessment type 2: Essays Topic 2: Greek Drama Purpose



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STAGE 2 CLASSICAL STUDIES

Assessment type 2: Essays Topic 2: Greek Drama

Purpose

Through completing the essay students will consolidate knowledge and understanding of the classical world and develop a well informed factual knowledge and critical understanding of the Greek civilisation. By using the relevant terminology and relevant skills of historical literacy students will communicate informed arguments and develop a comprehensive point of view supported by examples and acknowledgement of sources.



Description of Assessment

Students complete an essay in the form of an analytical argument with the use of appropriate supportive arguments.

The essay will assess students’ critical analysis and reflection of Sophocles’ Theban Plays. Through the investigation of a variety of aspects of the text students will develop an understanding of multiple readings. The essay should analyse certain textual features of Antigone and Oedipus Rex including:


  • the role of the chorus

  • the conventions, structural and technical elements of Greek drama

  • the construction of the tragic hero

  • the construction of characters and their relationships

  • multiple readings of issues explored in the text.

Students select one of the following topics:
1. ‘The prologue in a Greek play introduces conflict that is not always resolved by the end of the play.’

Discuss this statement with close reference to one or two Greek plays.
2. Discuss how physical violence and verbal violence are used in one or two Greek plays.
3. ‘By encouraging the audience to take sides, Greek playwrights intensify the impact of the drama.’

To what extent do you agree with this statement? Refer closely to one or two Greek plays in your answer.
Assessment Conditions

The essay is written without teacher assistance and under timed and supervised conditions.

Students have one hour to complete the essay.

The essay may be hand written or word processed if previously negotiated with the teacher.

Students may use a dictionary / spell checker.

Students may not bring in a copy of the texts or any supportive notes / material.


Assessment Design Criteria

Knowledge and Understanding

Research and Analysis

Communication

KU1

KU2


RA3

RA4


C1

C3


Performance Standards for Stage 2 Classical Studies




Knowledge and Understanding

Research and Analysis

Communication

A

In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of selected texts, ideas, individuals, groups, institutions, practices, events, and artefacts of the classical world.

Discerning selection and application of factual knowledge that demonstrates critical understanding of the civilisations of Greece and/or Rome.

Discerning and well-informed recognition of, and insightful reflection on, the diversity of attitudes, beliefs, and values in the classical world.


Extensive and balanced research into primary and secondary sources, including literary text(s).

Incisive critical analysis and synthesis of, and reflection on, research.

Selective recognition and controlled application of relevant terms, concepts, and skills, including skills of historical literacy.

Comprehensive definition and development of a point of view.



Clear, logical, coherent, and controlled communication of informed argument using appropriate examples and ideas.

Astute and selective integration and acknowledgement of source material.

Fluent and lucid explanation of ideas using a range of forms.


B

Well-considered knowledge and understanding of selected texts, ideas, individuals, groups, institutions, practices, events, and artefacts of the classical world.

Well-considered selection and application of factual knowledge that demonstrates well-informed understanding of the civilisations of Greece and/or Rome.

Well-informed recognition of, and thoughtful reflection on, the diversity of attitudes, beliefs, and values in the classical world.


Sound research, with breadth and balance, into primary and secondary sources, including literary text(s).

Well-informed critical analysis and synthesis of, and reflection on, research.

Well-informed recognition and application of relevant terms, concepts, and skills, including skills of historical literacy.

Well-considered definition and development of a point of view.



Clear and relevant communication of informed argument using mostly appropriate examples and ideas.

Well-considered selection and integration and acknowledgement of source material.

Mostly clear and thoughtful explanation of ideas using a range of forms.


C

Appropriate knowledge and understanding of selected texts, ideas, individuals, groups, institutions, practices, events, and artefacts of the classical world.

Competent selection and application of factual knowledge that demonstrates informed understanding of the civilisations of Greece and/or Rome.

Competent recognition of, and reflection on, the diversity of attitudes, beliefs, and values in the classical world.


Generally sound and balanced research into primary and secondary sources, including literary text(s).

Competent critical analysis and synthesis of, and reflection on, research.

Appropriate recognition and application of relevant terms, concepts, and skills, including skills of historical literacy.

Competent definition and development of a point of view.



Generally clear and reasonably accurate communication of informed argument using mostly appropriate examples and ideas.

Appropriate integration and acknowledgement of source material.

Generally clear explanation of ideas using some different forms.


D

Recognition and some understanding of texts, ideas, individuals, groups, institutions, practices, events, and artefacts of the classical world.

Selection and application of aspects of factual knowledge that demonstrate some understanding of the civilisations of Greece and/or Rome.

Some recognition, and superficial consideration, of some attitudes, beliefs, and values in the classical world.


Superficial research into primary and secondary sources, including literary text(s).

Superficial analysis and description of research.

Basic recognition and application of relevant terms, concepts, and skills, including skills of historical literacy.

Some definition, and partial development, of a point of view.



Superficial argument using limited examples and ideas.

Some integration of descriptions of source material; acknowledgment of sources and tending mostly towards description.

Attempted explanation of ideas using one or more forms.


E

Some awareness of aspects of one or more texts, ideas, individuals, groups, institutions, practices, events, or artefacts of the classical world.

Attempted selection and application of aspects of factual knowledge that demonstrate some awareness of the civilisations of Greece and/or Rome.

Attempted description of one or more aspects of attitudes, beliefs, and values in the classical world.


Limited research into primary and secondary sources, including literary text(s).

Limited description of research.

Attempted use of some relevant terms, concepts, and skills, including skills of historical literacy.

Attempted development of a point of view.



Some attempts at argument using few examples and ideas.

Limited integration of descriptions of source material and acknowledgment of sources.

Description of one or more ideas.










Page of Stage 2 Classical Studies task for use in 2011

Ref: A119542 (revised January 2013)



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