Drama Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Tap into your students' dramatic sides with this lesson plan. Examine the term, history and styles, then put students' new knowledge to use by asking them to analyze dramatic text.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the term 'drama'
  • identify and explain styles of drama
  • explain the history of drama
  • analyze drama in text


50 minutes


  • samples of drama text, on student's grade level

Key Vocabulary

  • genre
  • drama
  • script
  • theatre
  • classical drama
  • morality plays
  • allegory
  • form
  • prose
  • poetry
  • dramatic style
  • verse

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10

By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


  • Build background knowledge and connect students to learning by asking them to recall a time in their lives when someone was dramatic. Turn and share with a neighbor, then briefly share with the class.
  • Explain to students they will be learning about the genre drama. Share experience with this literary term.
  • Divide students into four groups and assign three vocabulary words each. Explain that each group will be responsible for defining the term and explaining it to the class after the video lesson.
  • Play our video lesson What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles. Allow students to take notes.
  • Pause the lesson at 1:17. Define terms used thus far and check for understanding. Discuss:
    • How are dramas typically written?
    • Where do actors perform a drama?
  • Resume the video and pause again at 3:37. Ask:
    • How did classical drama differ from typical drama?
    • What did classical drama include?
    • Where did morality plays originate?
    • How are allegories used in dramas?
    • What marks the transition between classical dramas and the plays we see today?
    • What types of drama do we have today? How are they the same? Different?
  • Ask students to create a three-column chart labeled 'Prose,' 'Poetry,' and 'Drama.' Instruct students to fill in the chart along with the video lesson. Play the remainder of the video.
  • Check for understanding and ensure all vocabulary terms are defined. Discuss:
    • How can lines in a dialogue be written? How are they the same and different?
    • How is rhythm used in drama?

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