Drama: Enacting Literature


ELAR-Grade-7 Literary Genres Drama: Enacting Literature
Students begin by showing basic knowledge of what a theater is. Then, they explore major elements of drama, beginning with dialogue. Next, they analyze stage directions and explain how the directions help depict character. Finally, they demonstrate their knowledge by writing two or more new lines of dialogue, with stage directions, for a scene they have read.

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Overview

In this experience, students begin by showing basic knowledge of what a theater is. Then, they explore major elements of drama, beginning with dialogue. Next, they analyze stage directions and explain how the directions help depict character. Finally, they demonstrate their knowledge by writing two or more new lines of dialogue, with stage directions, for a scene they have read.

Objectives

  • Analyze the use of dialogue in a play.
  • Explain the role of staging in drama.

Duration

One class period.


Drama is one of the major genres of literature. It’s the genre that movies, television series, and plays belong to. In this experience, you will learn about two important elements of a play: dialogue and staging.

Objectives

  • Analyze the use of dialogue in a play.
  • Explain the role of staging in drama.


a theatrical performance showing stage, performers, and orchestra

A traveler from another planet walks up to you one day. In its hand, it holds a picture—the same picture that’s shown above.

“Earthling,” the strange being asks, “what is this a picture of?” for there are no theaters or plays on its planet.


What would you say to the traveler? Describe what this place is and what is happening in it.

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The activity elicits students’ comprehension of the basic fact of what theater is—what kind of event occurs in a theater, with details such as what a play, a stage, actors, and an audience are. Clarify for students that they are not expected to know what play is being performed or where or when the theater is located.


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