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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
|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.|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Other chapters within the Middle School Language Arts: Lessons & Help course
- Middle School Language Arts: Punctuation & Grammar
- Middle School Language Arts: Parts of Speech
- Middle School Language Arts: Clauses & Phrases
- Middle School Language Arts: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
- Middle School Language Arts: Sentence Types & Components
- Middle School Language Arts: Word Knowledge
- Middle School Language Arts: Figurative Language
- Middle School Language Arts: Poetry Types, Devices & Elements
- Middle School Language Arts: Understanding Literature
- Middle School Language Arts: Informational Texts
- Middle School Language Arts: Using Source Materials
- Middle School Language Arts: Writing
- Middle School Language Arts: Listening
- Middle School Language Arts: Public Speaking
- Middle School Language Arts: Speech Development
- Middle School Language Arts: Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- Middle School Language Arts: Collaborative Discussion
- Writing Prompts: Elementary, Middle & High School