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OAE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Literary Drama - Chapter Summary
Watch the engaging video lessons in this chapter to learn more about analyzing literary drama. This chapter can help you prepare to take the Ohio Assessments for Educators Middle Grades ELA test by addressing concepts you'll find on the exam, including:
- Defining drama and drama structure
- Analyzing the plot elements of drama from exposition to resolution
- Examining the history of dramatic comedy and dramatic farce
- Understanding dramatic monologue and the elements of melodrama
- Interpreting dialogue from a script and the main idea of a scene
- Identifying a drama's stage directions
- Analyzing techniques and plays of American drama
- Understanding character dialogue in a drama
The lessons offer a well-rounded look at how you can better analyze literary drama, providing useful definitions, methods and historical facts to ensure you fully comprehend the materials. The videos are also visually entertaining, making the learning process fun.
Objectives of the OAE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Literary Drama Chapter
The Ohio Assessments for Educators Middle Grades ELA test assesses your knowledge of English language arts to ensure you're ready to secure your educator license in Ohio and teach this subject in the middle school classroom. OAE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Literary Drama chapter topics are found in the reading various text forms and analyzing and interpreting literature portion of the exam, which constitutes about 29% of the total test. The video lessons are designed to help refresh your knowledge of this subject area and self-assessment quizzes are available to test that knowledge.
All 150 questions on the test are multiple-choice and based on specific test competencies. Many questions are accompanied by an excerpt, passage or illustration that you must read or examine. Following each question is a set of four answers, one of which you will be asked to choose as the best option.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Figures of Speech
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Inference & Context
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- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Literary Themes & Main Ideas
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Point of View in Literature
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Genres in Literature
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Nonfiction
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Fiction
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Types of Fiction
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Poetry
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Prose
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Examining Literary Works
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- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Types of Sentences
- OAE Middle Grades ELA: Modifiers
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- OAE Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process
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