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prose vs drama

Prose vs. Drama

What are the major differencesbetween drama and prose stories?

ccs 5 rl 5

Explain major differences between drama and prose stories, and refer to the structural elements of drama (e.g. cast of characters, setting descriptions, dialogue, stage directions, acts, scenes) when writing or speaking about specific works of dramatic literature

  • “the ordinary form of spoken or written language, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse.”
  • A story or book that is not a play or poem
  • Examples
  • “a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, esp. one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.”
  • The art of composing, writing, acting, or producing plays; a literary composition intended to portray life or character or enact a story, usually involving conflicts and emotions exhibited through action and dialogue, designed for theatrical performance2nd Ed. KET Arts Toolkit Drama Glossary
  • View examples
elements of drama
Elements of Drama
  • Literary
  • Technical
  • Performance

2nd Ed. KET Arts Toolkit Drama

literary elements
Literary Elements
  • Script
  • Story line (plot)
  • Character
  • Story organization (beginning, middle, end)
  • Setting
  • Dialogue
  • Monologue
  • Conflict

It’s all in the script!

2nd Ed. KET Arts Toolkit Drama

technical elements
Technical Elements
  • Scenery (set)
  • Costumes
  • Props
  • Sound and Music
  • Lighting
  • Make-up

It’s the pizzazz!

2nd Ed. KET Arts Toolkit Drama

performance elements
Performance Elements
  • Acting
    • how speaking, moving help to create characters
  • Speaking
    • vocal expression, projection, speaking style, diction
  • Nonverbal expression
    • gestures, facial expression, movement

Everything the characters do!

2nd Ed. KET Arts Toolkit Drama

what are the major differences between drama and prose stories
What are the major differencesbetween drama and prose stories?
  • With a partner, visit an Interactive Venn Diagram -
  • Complete the Venn Diagram to compare and contrast drama and prose stories.
  • Save the completed project as “Student 1 Name – and - Student 2 Name Drama vs Prose stories” (Ex. Shari and John Drama vs Prose stories)
  • Save as a webpage, print final copy and email to teacher
review drama vs prose
Review Drama vs. Prose
  • Create whole-class Venn Diagram Comparing & Contrasting Drama and Prose stories -
read aloud
Read Aloud
  • “Anansi” by Gerald McDermott
    • Caldecott Honor Book
  • Prose or Drama?
  • Prose – It is a folk tale.
  • “Anansi’s Rescue from the River”
  • Prose or Drama?
  • Drama - Storytelling is a form of drama.
  • Copy scripts and assign parts to “Anansi’s Rescue from the River”
  • Students act out script

2nd Ed. KET Arts Toolkit Drama

Review -

What are the major differencesbetween drama and prose stories?