Ch 8: Dramatic Literature for 9th Grade Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Dramatic Literature for 9th Grade chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach students in your classroom about dramatic works of tragedy and comedy. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Dramatic Literature for 9th Grade chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles;
History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods;
Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting and Symbolism;
Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern
The origins and different styles of drama;
A look at plays from the Middle Ages as well as Greek and primitive theatre;
An analysis of a play's characters, stages and settings;
Incentive moments, resolutions and other characteristics of the tragic play
Tuesday Dramatic Comedy: History and Types;
Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights
An exploration of different types of comedies;
Discovering what goes into the making of a dramatic farce
Wednesday Elements of Melodrama: From Early Theatre to the Modern Soap Opera;
Futurism: Dada, Surrealism and Expressionism
The evolution of melodrama throughout time;
Various approaches to the creation of reality in entertainment
Thursday Epic Theatre: Brecht;
Theatre of Cruelty: Artaud
The social changes brought on by the epic theatre movement;
The use of brutal honesty to shock audiences and help allay their fears
Friday Theatre of the Absurd;
Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development and Staging
The role of existentialism in absurd theatre;
A look at how the stage directions, actors and themes can heighten the appeal of a play

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: Dramatic Literature for 9th Grade Lesson Plans
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Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

1. 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.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

2. 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.

Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights

3. 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.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

Epic Theatre: Brecht

6. 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.

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.

History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

8. 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.

Theatre of Cruelty: Artaud

9. 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.

Theatre of the Absurd

10. 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.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

11. 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.

What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

12. 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.

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