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Drama - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter review the basic elements of plays that are performed on stage, on screen or for radio and television. Each lesson includes a short video where knowledgeable instructors present key points through fun graphics and illustrations. There are also practice quizzes, video transcripts and an end-of-chapter test that can be used to check your 8th grade students' knowledge of the use of plot, dialogue, setting and characters in a drama.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles||Instructors explain the definition of drama and the different time periods and styles.|
|Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism||Students learn about four of the main elements in a drama.|
|Character Motivation in a Drama||This lesson covers how motivation functions in a play.|
|Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution||Instructors discuss the five plot parts found in most dramas.|
|Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue||Students review the pieces of dramatic structure, including prologue, acts, scenes and epilogue.|
|Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama||This lesson covers two ways that characters have for communicating with the audience and each other.|
|Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play||Students learn techniques for interpreting meaning of words in a dialogue.|
|The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue||Instructors review the types of punctuation found in dramatic works.|
|Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene||Students can examine ways to figure out the main ideas of a dramatic scene.|
|Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama||In this lesson, students learn the meaning of common stage directions.|
|Inferring Mood in Drama||Instructors provide examples of ways to set and interpret mood in a drama scene.|
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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- 8th Grade Language Arts: Using Source Materials
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- 8th Grade Language Arts: Public Speaking
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Speech Development
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- 8th Grade Language Arts: Collaborative Discussion