About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 9th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the different types of drama. There is no faster or easier way to learn about dramatic literature. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the elements of drama or the characteristics of various theatrical movements.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a dramatic literature unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Dramatic Literature Unit Objectives
- Explain how drama has changed over time.
- Understand the elements of drama, including plot, setting and symbolism.
- Trace the evolution of the tragic hero from Greek to modern times.
- Differentiate between the various types of dramatic comedy.
- Identify the elements of melodrama from the 18th century to today.
- Compare such dramatic movements as surrealism and futurism.
- Examine Bertolt Brecht's epic theatre movement.
- Recognize the characteristics of Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty.
- Understand the historical contexts of the Theatre of the Absurd.
- Practice analyzing dramatic works' staging and character development.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
6. Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights
Would you believe Curly, Larry, and Moe, The Three Stooges, are simply practicing a centuries-old form of drama? Learn more about how horseplay and high energy contribute to the dramatic comedy sub-genre called farce.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Epic Theatre: Brecht
Communism? 'Mack the Knife'? Verfremdung? Wonder what these have in common or what they even mean? Find out how epic theatre united these with the hope of making social changes.
10. Theatre of Cruelty: Artaud
Most of us watch movies or television shows to relax or escape reality, not as a means of reform. In this video, learn how Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty tries to shock the audience into becoming better people.
11. Theatre of the Absurd
You've heard the word 'absurd,' but did you know it was a type of theatre? Watch this video to see how the absurdity of World War II helped promote the Theatre of the Absurd.
12. 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.
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