Ch 12: Drama for 10th Grade

About This Chapter

Watch the following literature lessons and learn about the major elements of drama, including structure, character motivations, mood and more, as well the life and works of some major playwrights.

Drama for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Objectives

The structure of drama, or scripts and plays, is quite different from other types of storytelling literature. In addition, this form of literature requires consideration for non-verbal communication. In these lessons, you can meet several influential playwrights and learn about their works. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • The elements and structure of drama
  • How to identify stage directions
  • Non-verbal communication in drama
  • Lives and styles of several well-known playwrights

Video Objectives
What Is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles Learn about the history of drama and the various forms.
Elements of Drama This lesson explains plot devices, such as exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.
The Structure of a Drama Learn about acts, scenes, prologues and epilogues.
Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play This lesson explains how dialogue in scripts and plays looks different from conversations in books and stories.
Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene Learn how to look at a scene and determine the central idea.
The Use of Punctuation in a Drama Dialogue Find out how punctuation is used in conversations within a drama.
Identifying Stage Directions in Drama This lesson explains the purpose and identification of stage directions in a play or script.
Drawing Inferences of Mood in Drama Learn the definition of inferences and find out how they can be used to convey mood in drama.
Communication of Characters in Dramas Discover how characters communicate through dialogue and non-verbal methods in drama.
Motivation of Characters in Drama This lesson explains motivation and methods of its revelation in drama.
Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works and Style Learn how this influential playwright's writing was affected by his early life and by other famous authors. Find out why his writing style is considered Southern Gothic and how he made use of metaphor.
A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis This lesson explains why Williams' play was so controversial and discusses psychological and social realism.
The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis Learn about Williams' use of symbols and metaphor, in addition to why this play is a model of social realism.
Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays This lesson looks at the life and works of this prominent playwright. It explains the historical and political context of his writings.
Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes Learn the gist of this play and why the author was called to testify in court because of it.

15 Lessons in Chapter 12: Drama for 10th Grade
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

2. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'

A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis

3. A Streetcar Named Desire: Summary and Analysis

Learn about the controversial play 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' why it was so controversial, and why it is still considered a classic piece of American literature.

The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

4. The Glass Menagerie: Summary and Analysis

Tennessee Williams' first big hit, 'The Glass Menagerie,' known as the memory play, fascinated audiences for its presentation of one man's vision of his past. This lesson will go into the basic plot of this story, as well as explore the major symbols and elements of style in the play.

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

5. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.

Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes

6. Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Summary and Quotes

What's Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible' all about? Witches! Communists! Allegories! It's the Red Scare of the McCarthy era as told through the metaphor of the Salem witch trials of colonial America.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

7. 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

8. 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.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

9. 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

10. 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.

The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

11. 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.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

12. 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

13. 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.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

14. 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.

Character Motivation in a Drama

15. 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.

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