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Title: The Elements of Drama


1
The Elements of Drama
  • 6th Grade Language Arts
  • Readers Journal
  • 3rd 9 weeks

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 or Setting
  • 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 the author tells you directly about the
    characters behavior and feelings

13
Indirect Characterization
  • Indirect characterization is the process by which
    the writer shows the character's personality
    through his/her speech, actions and appearance.
  • When you watch a movie or television show, you
    can usually gather what type of person the main
    character is based on how he/she acts and reacts
    in different situations

14
Types of Drama
  • Drama is used to describe plays that address a
    serious subject.

15
Types of Drama
  • Comedy is a form of drama that has a happy
    ending. Humor comes from the dialogue and
    situations.

16
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.

17
Melodrama
  • a play in which the characters are types rather
    than individuals, the story and situations
    exaggerated to the point of improbability or
    sensationalism and the language and emotion
    over-emphasized

18
Farce
  • a comedy in which story, character, and
    especially situations are exaggerated to the
    point of improbability the situation begins with
    a highly impossible, but when that is accepted
    everything that follows is completely logical.
  • Fast moving uses such theatrical devices as
    duplications, reversals, repetitions, surprises,
    disguises, chance encounters, often many doors
    and closets.

19
Tragic Comedy
  • a play with the sincerity and earnestness of
    tragedy but without its inevitability of
    impending disaster, attitude of comedy but
    without its underlying spirit of humor uses
    tense situations and moments of extreme conflict,
    but the tragedy is averted and transcended.
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