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Ch 18: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Drama

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Learn more about the art of analyzing drama through this chapter's educational video lessons. You could use the animated lessons to brush up on the subject in preparation for taking the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination for teacher certification.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Drama - Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on several aspects of drama. Watch its online video lessons before you sit for the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination. In doing so, you might further develop your analytical and interpretive abilities while you review the history, types and styles of drama. Look to this chapter's online tutorials for assistance with:

  • Defining and identifying the time periods of drama
  • Analyzing the structure and plot elements of drama
  • Discussing the history of dramatic comedy and dramatic farce
  • Providing examples of dramatic monologue
  • Exploring the elements of melodrama
  • Examining the characteristics of futurism, Dada, expressionism and surrealism
  • Expanding your ability to read and interpret script and play dialogue
  • Interpreting a scene's primary idea as well as stage directions and nonverbal communication
  • Learning more about character motivation and inferring mood in dramas
  • Exploring classical and modern tragedies in dramas
  • Studying techniques in American dramas

You could find these lessons helpful and convenient as you get set to pass the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination. Led by expert instructors, the online videos are short in length. Incorporate study time into your daily routine and take the opportunity to learn visually. You might also refer to the written transcripts, or print out your quiz results and worksheets for offline learning. Any of your related questions can be submitted interactively for assistance.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Drama Chapter Objectives

The material in this chapter is reflected on the NMTA Middle Grades ELA examination's Reading Various Text Forms and Analyzing and Interpreting Literature content domain. Display your in-depth knowledge and your capacity to teach these topics during this domain so that you can earn an ELA teaching endorsement in the state of New Mexico. The domain is the equivalent of 29% of the overall assessment score. When you sit for the five-domain examination, you'll be required to answer 150 multiple-choice questions in about three hours. The assessment is administered by computer.

18 Lessons in Chapter 18: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Drama
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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.

Drama Structure: Acts, Scenes, Prologue & Epilogue

2. 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.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

3. 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

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.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

5. 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.

Dramatic Farce: History, Examples and Playwrights

6. 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.

Dramatic Monologue: Definition & Examples

7. Dramatic Monologue: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the dramatic monologue, a long piece of dialogue by one character that reveals the character's inner feelings, whether it be in a play, poem or novel.

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

8. 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.

Futurism, Dada, Surrealism & Expressionism

9. Futurism, Dada, Surrealism & Expressionism

They say that entertainment often mirrors reality. This was only partially true in the early 20th century. Watch this video to see how playwrights all took different approaches to creating their own realities in these dramatic movements of the early 1900s.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

10. 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

11. 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.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

12. 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.

Inferring Mood in Drama

13. 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

14. 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.

Character Motivation in a Drama

15. 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.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

16. 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.

Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

17. Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

This lecture examines the function of theatre in Greek culture and religion, with special focus on the Athenians. It then explores the three different sorts of Greek theatre: satyr plays, comedy and tragedy, citing specific examples. Finally, we study the impact of theatre on Western civilization.

Analyzing American Drama: Techniques and Plays

18. Analyzing American Drama: Techniques and Plays

Plays are often developed with the use of a number of literary techniques. This lesson explores the use of symbolism, motifs, flashbacks, and monologues in American drama.

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