Ch 6: CSET English IV: Major Dramatic Works: An Overview

About This Chapter

Learn about the history and types of drama from ancient Greece to contemporary melodramas. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you acquire solid background information in preparation for the CSET English test.

CSET English IV: Major Dramatic Works: An Overview - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter explore the terms, history and types of drama. You'll look at the earliest examples of drama from ancient Greece and continue to explore drama's evolution all the way up to modern-day soap operas. Lessons on dramatic farces, tragedies and comedies are included, as is a look at some important playwrights. By the end of this chapter, you should have an understanding of:

  • Terms, time periods and styles of drama
  • History of drama
  • Tragedy and comedy in Greek theater
  • Tragedy in drama from classical to modern times
  • The history of dramatic comedies
  • Dramatic farce with examples and playwrights
  • The elements of melodrama
  • Mixed-form drama, including surrealism and theater of the absurd

The gifted instructors will help you learn the terms you need for an understanding of dramatic works, and the video lessons are enjoyable to watch. The knowledge you'll gain will help you prepare for questions on drama on the CSET English test.

CSET English IV: Major Dramatic Works: An Overview Objectives

All aspiring English teachers in California must pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in English. The subject matter from the Major Dramatic Works: An Overview chapter is included in Subtest IV, which consists of four short response questions. The entire CSET English test is divided into four parts and contains a total of 100 multiple-choice questions and six constructed response questions. You can assess your knowledge and become familiar with the testing format through the quizzes that are included with each lesson.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: CSET English IV: Major Dramatic Works: An Overview
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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.

History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

2. History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

Today's theatre is a mix of many styles that have been popular for hundreds of years. In this lesson, learn how each time period contributed to what we now see during a live, dramatic performance.

Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

3. Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

This lecture examines the function of theatre in Greek culture and religion, with special focus on the Athenians. It then explores the three different sorts of Greek theatre: satyr plays, comedy and tragedy, citing specific examples. Finally, we study the impact of theatre on Western civilization.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

4. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

5. Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

Everyone loves to laugh, and sometimes it's at the most inappropriate times. Even the ancient Greeks loved a dirty joke or two! Learn more in this video about dramatic comedy, its history and types.

Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera

6. Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theater to the Modern Soap Opera

Have you ever wondered where or when soap operas started? In this video, we will look at the history and transformation of the melodrama from the stage to the small (and big) screen.

Futurism, Dada, Surrealism & Expressionism

7. Futurism, Dada, Surrealism & Expressionism

They say that entertainment often mirrors reality. This was only partially true in the early 20th century. Watch this video to see how playwrights all took different approaches to creating their own realities in these dramatic movements of the early 1900s.

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