Zoot Suit / West Side Story / What the Constitution Means to Me

Zoot Suit / West Side Story / What the Constitution Means to Me

This assignment is the first step towards writing your Performance Critique #2.  It is meant to gather your “First Impressions” of the plays, along with key information that will help you write your critique. Please note that this assignment is not an essay.  Your responses should be short and clear (use bullet points).

Guidelines: 

1. Watch films in the module (Zoot Suit / West Side).  

2. As you watch the two films, pay attention to each play’s structure, genre, and style; as well as the plot and the journey that the characters go through. 

3. The term “Notes” in this assignment  means to answer the request in one or two sentences (No long paragraphs, please.)

4. Remember you are to critically engage with the art pieces. Avoid personal taste comments such as “I really like it”, “the actors did a great job.” Focus on critical thinking by analyzing the piece in connecting to the larger historical and cultural setting.  

4. Complete the following outline for each of the two plays you selected.   

Choice One

  • A plot summary of no more than 5 sentences for each play/film ( in your own words, summarize what the play was about).
  • Two notes on the script’s structure, genre, and style.
  • Two notes on structure, characters, or the overall arch of the play.
  • Two notes on first impressions (First Impressions are your first response to the play i.e interesting, exciting, too boring, could not relate to characters or related to characters right away).  In sum, this has to do with YOUR first impressions of the play.
  • Two notes on what interested you about the play (This refers to the social themes tackled in the play).
  • Two questions for the script (What further questions about the story do you have?).
  • Two notes on the significance of the piece today (Why is this piece still important to us?).

Choice Two

  • A plot summary of no more than 5 sentences for each play/film ( in your own words, summarize what the play was about).
  • Two notes on the script’s structure, genre, and style.
  • Two notes on structure, characters, or the overall arch of the play.
  • Two notes on first impressions (First Impressions are your first response to the play i.e interesting, exciting, too boring, could not relate to characters or related to characters right away).  In sum, this has to do with YOUR first impressions of the play.
  • Two notes on what interested you about the play (This refers to the social themes tackled in the play).
  • Two questions for the script (What further questions about the story do you have?).
  • Two notes on the significance of the piece today (Why is this piece still important to us?).