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Ch 20: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Analyzing Literary Drama

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If your 6th-8th grade language arts students are taking the summative SBA ELA this spring, you'll want to check out this handy collection of lessons for review of literary drama analysis. By challenging your students to complete the short quizzes and chapter test, you'll know exactly where extra study might be required.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Analyzing Literary Drama - Chapter Summary

Our broad offering of video lessons related to the analysis of literary drama will come in handy for guiding your preparation toward the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy) 6-8. All of the following basics are a part of this chapter:

  • Time periods and styles related to drama
  • Dramatic structure
  • Related plot elements
  • Farce, monologue, melodrama and tragedy
  • Interpretation of purpose, main idea and mood
  • Dialogue, nonverbal communication and character motivation
  • Techniques for analyzing American drama

Each video lesson is self-paced and user-friendly, offering pause and repeat options, in addition to embedded tags to jump back to precise portions. Our knowledgeable instructors have designed the lessons with learners like your class in mind, making the videos as fun and informative as possible.

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Analyzing Literary Drama
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.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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.

Analyzing American Drama: Techniques and Plays

15. 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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