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STAAR English I: Drama - Chapter Summary
Our instructors created these short text and video lessons as preparation for you before taking the STAAR English I test. This chapter focuses on different aspects of drama, including relative terms, time periods, and styles, as well as how to read and interpret a play. They will also assist you in answering test questions about such topics as:
- Acts, scenes, prologues, and epilogues used in drama structure
- Characters, plot, setting, and symbolism elements of drama
- Character dialogue and nonverbal communication
- Dramatic monologue, soliloquy, and dramatic irony
Lessons are text or videos, with videos averaging 5-10 minutes in length. Each lesson includes a quiz at the end to test your understanding of the materials you just studied. If you need to study any of the material again, use the written transcripts or the timeline tool that allows you to replay any specific portion of the video.
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. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Dramatic Irony: Definition & Examples
Dramatic irony has the power to make us laugh, cry, or (sometimes) do both at the same time. In this lesson, we'll explore the comedic and tragic uses of dramatic irony, using examples from Shakespearean comedy and Ancient Greek tragedy.
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Other chapters within the STAAR English I: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR English I: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
- STAAR English I: Analyzing Texts
- STAAR English I: Reading Literary Texts
- STAAR English I: Poetry
- STAAR English I: Prose Fiction
- STAAR English I: Nonfictional Prose
- STAAR English I: Sensory Language
- STAAR English I: Media Literacy
- STAAR English I: Reading Informational Texts
- STAAR English I: Reading Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English I: Reading Procedural Texts
- STAAR English I: The Writing Process
- STAAR English I: Writing Literary Texts
- STAAR English I: Writing Expository Texts
- STAAR English I: Writing Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English I: Grammar
- STAAR English I: Punctuation
- STAAR English I: Spelling
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR English I Flashcards