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    Out of curiosity, how many drama texts are we required to write for the Drama Explorative/Creative Essay?? I wrote my paper on two Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet, and Midsummer Night's Dream) only to be told that I had been severely marked down by my teacher because I had only looked at two texts and did not include an analysis of a film.

    According to the Specification: "In this unit students will explore drama texts by reading or watching performance (live or lmed) and by reading, viewing or listening to examples of others’ responses. Texts may be studied and tasks chosen for the group or the individual, as appropriate to the centre. [...]

    The requirement that three texts should be ‘studied’ in this unit should be interpreted to mean that in preparation for writing coursework students will study a play in detail, draw upon their knowledge of a further play(s) and/or explore relevant critical reception. This approach will enhance their ability to consider the contexts in which the texts were written and are received.

    Centres and students are free to choose their texts to comply with the need to include a play by Shakespeare and a further play written between 1300 and 1800. The further play may be another play by Shakespeare or a play from a different playwright in the period specified. Students will produce a coursework folder that demonstrates that the four assessment objectives have been fully met."

    I took this to mean that 3 texts have to be studied in class, but you are not REQUIRED to write about three texts OR about movies. As long as ONE play is by Shakespeare, the second play can be Shakespeare or anything from 1300 and 1800. Therefore I am perfectly justified to write my coursework on two plays by Shakespeare. Furthermore, my teacher never advised me differently during the drafting stages of the coursework!

    Did I misunderstand? Is there a way to contest the marks my teacher gave?

    All responses and help much appreciated!
“Yanny” or “Laurel”
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