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Ch 19: MTEL English: Drama as Literature

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Follow the development and progression of dramatic literature as you watch the videos and work through the lessons in our Drama as Literature chapter. As you prepare for the MTEL English exam, let these lessons become a resource to help you study.

MTEL English: Drama as Literature - Chapter Summary

From ancient plays to modern television, the dramatic arts have been with us for millennia. Rediscover how dramas are structured, as well as their history and elements as you study for the MTEL English test. The lessons illustrate the following material:

  • Styles, time periods and plot elements in drama
  • Explanation and examples of closet drama
  • Characteristics of dramatic tragedies from classical to modern times
  • Definition, characteristics and types of serious and comic drama
  • History and examples of melodrama and dramatic farce

Delightfully illustrated and engagingly presented, the video lessons in this comprehensive refresher course take the tedium out of studying and make it fun. You can progress from lesson to lesson quickly, checking for retention and mastery along the way as you complete the lesson quizzes and the chapter tests. The dashboard also provides you with a convenient and useful means of tracking your work.

8 Lessons in Chapter 19: MTEL English: Drama as Literature
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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.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

2. 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.

Closet Drama: Definition & Examples

3. Closet Drama: Definition & Examples

The Closet Drama is a play that was meant to be read, but not performed. This art form is most associated with the Romantic period in literature, though Closet Dramas are still written today. In this lesson, we will look at the history of Closet Dramas and see a few examples.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

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.

Serious Drama: History, Characteristics & Types

5. Serious Drama: History, Characteristics & Types

Tragedies are serious plays in which the characters face dire consequences, either because of their own actions or because it is their destiny. In this lesson, we will find out more about types of serious plays.

What is Comic Drama? - Definition & Examples

6. What is Comic Drama? - Definition & Examples

The genre of drama is known for tragic heroes like Oedipus, Hamlet, and Willie Loman, but comic drama has always existed alongside the serious and tragic, lampooning modern life and those in power.

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

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.

Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights

8. 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.

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