Elements of Drama Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
What makes a literary work a drama? Teach your students the elements of drama with this video lesson plan. Make learning stick with an engaging activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify elements of a drama
  • define key terms related to elements of drama
  • apply understanding of dramatic elements using familiar text


  • 1 hour


  • Familiar text, such as fairy tales, one for each student group
  • Copies of playbills

Key Vocabulary

  • Cast of characters
  • Playbill
  • Characters and actors
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Internal conflict
  • Soliloquy
  • Aside
  • Symbolism

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

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