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Drama Characteristics & Exemplars - Chapter Summary
Since dramas can take place on the page and on stage, the genre of drama includes multiple elements. These lessons help students identify the different characteristics associated with dramas. To make this information easier for students to understand, the instructors use relevant literary examples, such as the works of William Shakespeare and the works of Harper Lee. By focusing on these plays and novels, students will see real examples of the vocabulary words they are learning in connection to this topic. As the chapter is self-paced, students can always go back to re-examine information until they have mastered it completely. Upon the close of this chapter, students should know how to do the following:
- Describe themes and other literary elements from To Kill a Mockingbird
- Identify symbolism, setting, plot, and characters
- Analyze the structure of dramas
- Define stage directions
- Compare tragedies from the classical era up to the modern era
- Examine the dramatic elements of Romeo and Juliet
1. To Kill a Mockingbird: Themes, Symbols & Imagery
'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a timeless classic that reminds the reader to never judge a book by its cover and that social change is possible. In this lesson, we will travel to Maycomb, Alabama, to analyze the themes, symbols and imagery in the novel.
2. Literary Devices in To Kill a Mockingbird: Allusions & Irony
This lesson will provide a literary definition of both allusions and irony. In addition, we'll explore a few examples of allusions and irony from Harper Lee's novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers
Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.
8. Characterization in Romeo & Juliet
In this lesson, you will learn the techniques William Shakespeare used to develop his characters through their dialogue, and how these techniques apply specifically to the characters in 'Romeo and Juliet.'
9. Themes in Romeo and Juliet
In this lesson on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, we will discuss the themes of the forcefulness of love; love as a cause of violence; the individual versus society; and the inevitability of fate.
10. Motifs and Symbols in Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is filled with motifs and symbols that serve to provide understanding of the inner thoughts of the characters. We will look at the imagery of light and dark and opposing points of view as well as the symbols of poison and thumb-biting.
11. Literary Devices in Romeo and Juliet
'Romeo and Juliet' by William Shakespeare uses literary devices such as puns, foreshadowing, and metaphors to keep the reader engaged and move the plot forward. This lesson goes over some examples.
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Other chapters within the 9th Grade English: High School course
- 9th Grade English: Reading Skills
- 9th Grade English: Literary Text Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Literary Terms & Devices
- Short Stories: Cask of Amontillado, Most Dangerous Game, Scarlet Ibis
- Epic & Myth: The Odyssey & Romeo and Juliet
- Novel Exemplars: Night & Animal Farm
- Poetry: Hope is the Thing with Feathers, The Raven & In Just
- Nonfiction Texts: Gettysburg Address & Washington's Farewell
- High School English: Media & Art Analysis
- 9th Grade English: Word Choice & Tone
- 9th Grade English: Argumentative Reading & Writing
- 9th Grade English: Informative & Technical Writing
- 9th Grade English: Narrative Writing
- 9th Grade English: The Writing Process
- 9th Grade English: Research Skills
- 9th Grade English: Speaking & Listening Skills
- Teacher Resources for 9th Grade English
- Teaching To Kill a Mockingbird: Guide & Resources
- Teaching Romeo and Juliet
- Teaching Animal Farm