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MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Literary Drama - Chapter Summary
In these lessons, you will reinforce your expertise in the forms and structure of dramatic works while at the same time building a body of information that will help you improve your chances of scoring well on the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature exam. The lessons cover the following elements:
- Definition, periods and styles of drama
- Plot, setting, characters and symbolism
- Character motivation
- Dialogue and non-verbal communication
- Plot structure and elements
- Reading plays
- Finding meaning in dialogue
- Interpreting mood and main ideas
- Analysis of dramas
This study guide combines several powerful tools into a well-designed refresher course that will provide you with the means to structure your study time to your best advantage. Built-in time savers, like the timeline feature, and the short duration of the videos enable you move through the chapter quickly, while the quizzes ensure that you have internalized the material.
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. 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.
10. 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.
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Other chapters within the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Practice & Study Guide course
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Media Literacy
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Media Presentations
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Reading Development
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Reading Comprehension
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Reading Instruction
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Informational & Persuasive Texts
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Technical & Functional Texts
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Fiction & Nonfiction
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Poetry
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: World Literature Characteristics
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Influences of World Literature
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Effective Listening
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Effective Speaking
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Effective Interpersonal Communication
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Grammar & Writing Conventions
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: The Writing Process
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Conducting Research
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Modes of Writing
- MTLE Communication Arts/Literature Flashcards