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Ch 9: MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Literary Drama

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Review how to interpret the elements of dramatic works by watching the video lessons in our Forms of Literary Drama chapter. Make these lessons part of your study sessions as you get ready to take the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature test.

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.

10 Lessons in Chapter 9: MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Forms of Literary Drama
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Inferring Mood in Drama

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.

Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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