Drama Character Development Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Help students understand character development in a drama with this lesson plan. A video lesson explains how to analyze dramatic works, then students focus their understanding on a specific dramatic character in literature.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the elements of analysis in drama
  • explain how stage directions, dialogues, soliloquies, and actions contribute to character development in a play


1 - 2 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging, one for each student
  • Selection of short plays, multiple copies of each play (You may choose to make paper copies of works from a short play collection/compilation.)
  • Slips of paper containing the names of characters from the short plays (There should be one slip of paper per student and slips should have a character's name printed 3-4 times so that when distributed, groups of students with the same character name are formed.)
  • Small container
  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Dramatic techniques
  • Cast of characters
  • Dialogue
  • Stage direction
  • Main character
  • Minor character
  • Soliloquies
  • Asides
  • Final analysis

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9

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