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Greek Drama: High School Proficient Model Cornerstone Assessment

Greek Drama—Tragic Hero: Model Cornerstone Assessment

Title:  Greek Drama—Tragic Hero
Grade Level: High School Proficient 
Author: Andrea Roposh
Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Reflecting, Connecting

Task Description: Students will study the traditional elements of Greek Drama.  They will analyze the qualities of the heroes in the plays.  Students will create a hero character and write a monologue for that character.  Students will perform their monologue and reflect on their writing and performance.

Evidence of Student Learning Collected: hero biography; performance, reflection; and written monologue.

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This model cornerstone assessment was created and piloted during the 2020-2021 school year, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Assessment Tools

Hero Biography Rubric


Monologue Performance Rubric


Monologue Performance Reflection Rubric


Written Monologue Rubric


Additional Tools & Resources

View and download the MCA and any additional materials. 

  • HS-I Greek Drama - Tragic Hero Model Cornerstone Assessment Unit
    Access the full Greek Drama MCA unit for High School Proficient students.
  • Greek Hero Biography Worksheet & Rubric
    Teacher Andrea Roposh created this worksheet for students to research and build a Greek Hero. Greek Hero Biography rubric is included.
  • Monologue Writing Assignment & Rubric
    Teacher Andrea Roposh created these guidelines for students to write their monologues. Written monologue rubric included.

Illustrating the Process: Samples of Student Work

Hero Research & Biography

Hero's Biography - Student 09


Hero's Biography - Student 10


Written Monologue

Written Monologue - Student 13


Written Monologue - Student 05


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