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Ch 10: Middle School Language Arts: Drama

About This Chapter

In this chapter, your middle school student will be able to watch quick videos that cover the history of drama and how to analyze dramatic texts. They'll also have the chance to take end-of-lesson quizzes that test how well they retained the presented information.

Drama - Chapter Summary

This chapter reinforces what your middle school student is learning about drama in their language arts course. The engaging videos cover vocabulary words pertaining to drama and teach your student how to properly write about and engage with dramatic works. Every lesson comes with a printable worksheet, so your student will be sure to have all the help they need.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles Instructors present the basic information surrounding drama, including history and vocabulary words.
Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism In this lesson, students learn some of the characteristics of drama.
Character Motivation in a Drama This lesson teaches students how to examine the motivation of characters in a play.
Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution Students study how authors build suspense and create an intriguing plot.
Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue With this lesson, students learn how dramas are typically structured.
Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama Students learn how dialogue is written and other ways characters can communicate thoughts, feelings and actions.
Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play Instructors exhibit ways to analyze dramas.
Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene Students go over how to draw out the main point of a scene.
The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue This lesson goes over some common punctuation rules for dramas.
Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama At the end of this lesson, students should be able to understand stage directions.
Inferring Mood in Drama Instructors show how mood can be projected and construed in a play.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: Middle School Language Arts: Drama
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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.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

2. 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.

Character Motivation in a Drama

3. 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.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

4. 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

5. 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.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

6. 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.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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