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6th Grade Language Arts: Drama - Chapter Summary
In this exciting chapter, your student learns to decode the scenes, characters, stage directions, and lines to master dramatic analysis. Each video is under 10 minutes long, serving a dose of instruction along with entertaining multimedia scenes to help it go down enjoyably. Teachers and parents should use these lessons to supplement their students' lessons on drama in their 6th grade English class. Please use the exams after every lesson and at the end of the chapter to help measure your student's understanding of the key concepts in drama.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles||In this lesson drama is set apart from prose and poetry while building awareness of its history and structure.|
|Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism||Instructors lay the foundations of how scriptwriters express the elements of storytelling in drama.|
|Character Motivation in a Drama||This lesson describes how the motivation of a play's characters is central to their behavior, and to an actor knowing how to act the part.|
|Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution||Gustav Freytag's five-layer pyramid is presented in this lesson on explaining the basic climactic sequence of plays.|
|Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue||Football is the topic of this video, at least how its quarters and pre- and post-game relate to the structure of drama.|
|Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama||Dialogue and character actions carry the story in drama, as the instructors explain in this video.|
|Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play||Students learn to get into the playwright's head and embrace the emotions of a character by interpreting the words and directions in the script.|
|The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue||Instructors describe how all punctuation is fair game in scriptwriting, so long as it accurately conveys the dramatic expression the author is looking for.|
|Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene||In this video students are taught to break apart a scene's characters and elements to discover the main idea.|
|Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama||Students get a quick run-down of how to navigate the stage, from the actor's point of view, to the words of that popular, but creepy, song by the Police.|
|Inferring Mood in Drama||A playwright knows what they are trying to achieve when writing stage directions, but sometimes it's hard to catch their meaning from the words on the page: this lesson shows students how to do it.|
1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles
Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.
2. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism
Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.
3. Character Motivation in a Drama
Motivation is a term that applies to many aspects of life. In this lesson, you'll apply the term to literature and learn how motivation functions in a play.
4. Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution
Plays follow a predictable pattern that is referred to as their dramatic structure. In this lesson, you'll learn the five parts of dramatic structure, and you'll have the opportunity to test yourself at the end with a short quiz.
5. Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue
Plays have a definite structure that can include a prologue, acts, scenes, and an epilogue. In this lesson, you'll learn about each of those parts and how they fit together to form a play.
6. Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama
Characters in plays have two ways of communicating with the audience and each other. They can use verbal or nonverbal forms of communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about how both are used in drama.
7. Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play
Interpreting lines from a play means more than understanding the definitions of the words. In this lesson, you'll learn how to tap into the emotional content of lines and develop an interpretation.
8. The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue
Playwrights use punctuation to tell their actors how to deliver their lines. In this lesson, you'll learn about three types of punctuation and the effects they have when used in dramatic dialogue.
9. Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene
Essays usually have a stated main idea, but it's not as obvious in a play. In this lesson, you'll learn a technique that will help you determine the main idea and purpose of a dramatic scene.
10. Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama
Plays don't only contain the words the characters say; they also have stage directions. In this lesson, you'll learn how to distinguish stage directions from dialogue and what the most common directions mean.
11. Inferring Mood in Drama
When reading a play, the reader must figure out what the overall mood is using evidence found within the text. This lesson will teach you where to look in the script to find the clues to the mood.
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- 6th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials
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- 6th Grade Language Arts: Speech Development
- 6th Grade Language Arts: Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- 6th Grade Language Arts: Listening
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