Ch 4: PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Drama Analysis

About This Chapter

The Drama Analysis chapter of the PSSA - ELA Grade 7 exposes students to the elements and features of the dramatic arts. The lessons, quizzes and chapter tests will help them prepare for the drama-related language arts questions on the PSSA exam.

PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Drama Analysis - Chapter Summary

By working through the lessons in this chapter, your students will gain a deeper understanding of drama and how to interpret it while they study for the PSSA test. They will study character analysis, how to read and interpret a scene, how comedy and tragedy have developed and changed over time and more. Students will learn more about the following:

  • Vocabulary, styles, structure and time periods of drama
  • Understanding the purpose and main idea of a scene
  • Dramatic elements and plot components
  • How to read a play or script and identify stage directions
  • Punctuation in dialogue and communication between characters
  • Interpreting mood and character motivation
  • Types and history of comedy and tragedy
  • Use of monologue and soliloquy

Students can look forward with pleasure to their study sessions using this study guide. The lessons are short, lasting no more than ten minutes at the most, yet provide comprehensive information in an easy to digest and engaging format. Video lessons are brightly written and delightfully animated, and the text lessons are well-written and well-researched. Expert instructors place their knowledge and experience at the students' disposal, so help is always available.

15 Lessons in Chapter 4: PSSA - ELA Grade 7: Drama Analysis
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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.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

3. 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.

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.

Reading & Interpreting Dialogue from a Script or Play

6. 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.

The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

7. 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.

Character Dialogue & Nonverbal Communication in a Drama

8. 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.

Identifying Stage Directions in a Drama

9. 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

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 Motivation in a Drama

11. 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.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

12. 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.

Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern

13. 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 Monologue: Definition & Examples

14. 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.

Soliloquy: Definition & Examples

15. Soliloquy: Definition & Examples

Drama is a vastly different medium from written literature. This lesson focuses on one particular thing that exists only in spoken performances: the soliloquy.

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