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Ch 5: CSET English IV: Elements of Dramatic Performance

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Learn how to identify and interpret the elements of a dramatic performance. Through the video lessons and self-assessment quizzes, you'll explore several methods that may aid you in answering these types of questions on the CSET English test.

CSET English IV: Elements of Dramatic Performance - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for the CSET English IV exam by exploring the principle elements of dramatic performances, as well providing you with information on approaches to acting and strategies for producing a drama for the stage. You'll also learn to understand the themes, mood and characters in a dramatic work. Topics covered in the videos include:

  • Characters, plot, setting and symbolism
  • Theme, character development and staging
  • Stage directions and theatrical design
  • Methods of dramatic acting
  • Production strategies and techniques
  • Drawing inference of mood
  • Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution
  • Structure of a drama
  • Interpreting dialogue and the main idea of a scene

You'll be led through these engaging lessons by expert instructors who know how to make learning fun. Your new understanding of the elements of drama will prepare you for these types of questions when you take the exam.

CSET English IV: Elements of Dramatic Performance

Individuals seeking certification as English teachers in California must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in English. The topics discussed in the Elements of Dramatic Performance chapter are part of Subtest IV, which consists of four constructed-response questions. The entire CSET English exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions and six constructed response questions. The self-assessment questions at the end of each lesson allow you to test your knowledge of the subject matter and become familiar with the testing format.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: CSET English IV: Elements of Dramatic Performance
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Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

1. 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.

Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

2. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

3. 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.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

4. 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.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

5. 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.

Principles of Theatrical Design

6. Principles of Theatrical Design

If you've ever been to the theater, you know it's about much more than just the acting on stage. The set design, costumes, lighting, and sound all go a great distance in making the show. In this lesson, we look at those principles of theatrical design.

Approaches to Dramatic Acting

7. Approaches to Dramatic Acting

Public speaking is something that terrifies many people, but some of the greatest public speakers got that way by thinking of speaking as a performance. In this lesson, we'll look at some approaches to acting that can help improve public speaking.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

8. 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.

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