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Ch 10: 8th Grade Language Arts: Drama

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Help your 8th grade students improve their understanding of dramatic works through the lessons in this chapter. You can view videos that demonstrate various elements of dramas and then use the multiple-choice quizzes to measure your students' understanding.

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

Lesson Objective
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.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: 8th Grade Language Arts: Drama
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

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.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

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.

Character Motivation in a Drama

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.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

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.

Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

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.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

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.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

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.

The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

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.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

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.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

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.

Inferring Mood in Drama

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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