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Title: The Elements of Drama


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The Elements of Drama
  • 7th Grade Language Arts

2
Essential Question
  • How does drama provide the reader a different
    experience than prose (short stories, novels) or
    poetry?
  • How is drama different from television?

3
Drama
  • Comes from the Greek Word, Dran
  • Means To do or To Act
  • The Doing/Acting Makes Drama

4
Drama
  • is a story told in front of an audience

5
Elements of Drama
  • Playwright-the author of a play
  • Actors-the people who perform
  • Acts-the units of action
  • Scenes-parts of the acts

6
Dramatic Speech
  • Dialogue-conversation between or among characters
  • Monologue-long speech by one single character
    (private thoughts)

7
Conflict
  • The internal or external struggle between
    opposing forces, ideas, or interests that create
    dramatic tension.

8
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

9
Theatre
  • Where a play takes place

10
Set
  • Construction on the stage that shows time/place
  • Could be called Scenery

11
Props
  • Small movable items that the actors use to make
    actions look real

12
Characterization
  • Is the playwrights technique for creating
    believable characters.
  • Indirect
  • Direct

13
Types of Drama
  • Drama is used to describe plays that address a
    serious subject.

14
Types of Drama
  • Comedy is a form of drama that has a happy
    ending. Humor comes from the dialogue and
    situations.

15
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.
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