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The Elements of Drama. 7th Grade Language Arts. Essential Question. How does drama provide the reader a different experience than prose (short stories, novels) or poetry? How is drama different from television?. Drama. Comes from the Greek Word, “ Dran ” Means “ To do ” or “ To Act ”

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the elements of drama

The Elements of Drama

7th Grade Language Arts

essential question
Essential Question
  • How does drama provide the reader a different experience than prose (short stories, novels) or poetry?
  • How is drama different from television?
  • Comes from the Greek Word, “Dran”
  • Means “To do” or “To Act”
  • The Doing/Acting Makes Drama
  • …is a story told in front of an audience
elements of drama
Elements of Drama
  • Playwright-the author of a play
  • Actors-the people who perform
  • Acts-the units of action
  • Scenes-parts of the acts
dramatic speech
Dramatic Speech
  • Dialogue-conversation between or among characters
  • Monologue-long speech by one single character (private thoughts)
  • The internal or external struggle between opposing forces, ideas, or interests that create dramatic tension.
stage directions
Stage Directions
  • Found in brackets [ ]
  • Describe scenery and how characters speak
  • C, Center Stage
  • L, Stage Left
  • R, Stage Right
  • U, Upstage or Rear
  • D, Downstage or Front
  • Where a play takes place
  • Construction on the stage that shows time/place
  • Could be called Scenery
  • Small movable items that the actors use to make actions look real
  • Is the playwright’s technique for creating believable characters.
  • Indirect
  • Direct

types of drama
Types of Drama
  • Drama is used to describe plays that address a serious subject.
types of drama1
Types of Drama
  • Comedy is a form of drama that has a happy ending. Humor comes from the dialogue and situations.
types of drama2
Types of Drama
  • Tragedy is a form of drama in which events lead to the downfall of the main character, often a person of great significance, like a king or hero.