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Ch 14: MTEL Reading Specialist: Drama

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This chapter on drama is a great tool to help you prepare for the related portion of the MTEL Reading Specialist exam, with simple-to-follow video lessons that let you go at your own pace towards an improved test readiness.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Drama - Chapter Summary

This chapter goes over key elements of drama from a teacher's perspective, allowing you to buff up your knowledge on all the related topics you may encounter on the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. By the end of this chapter, you'll have shored up your understanding of all of the following:

  • The history of drama
  • Tragedy in drama
  • Types of dramatic comedy
  • Characters, plot, setting and symbolism in drama
  • Dramatic structure
  • How denotation and connotation differ
  • Stage directions and foreshadowing
  • Different kinds of punctuation in dramatic dialogue
  • How to determine the overall mood in a play
  • Nonverbal and verbal communication in drama

Using the practice quizzes at the end of each lesson, you'll be able to check your understanding of the material while familiarizing yourself with the types of questions you may encounter on the exam. If you answer incorrectly, these quizzes will provide the option to jump back to the point of the lesson that deals with the topic, and if you find you're still unsure, you can always ask our professional instructors questions using the Teacher tab.

11 Lessons in Chapter 14: MTEL Reading Specialist: Drama
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History of Drama: Dramatic Movements and Time Periods

1. 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.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

2. 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.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

3. 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.

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.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

5. 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

6. 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.

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.

Inferring Mood in Drama

10. 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.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

11. 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.

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