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Describe Structural Elements of Drama

Lesson 18

Stacie Garrett-Diaz

on 18 February 2015

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Transcript of Describe Structural Elements of Drama

: Some plays have a special character called the narrator.
The narrator gives important information that keeps the story moving.
The narrator does not take part in the action of the story.

: They searched and searched for days for the sunken ship. Then, just as they were about to give up, an old sailor showed up with news.
Cast of Characters:
The written form of a the play usually begins by listing all the characters.
This shows how many actors are needed to put on the play.
Comprehension Tip

Stage Directions
: These words tell the actors how to say the lines of dialogue and where to move on the stage.
They also describe the setting.
They appear in ( ) in italic type.

: (with worry in his voice) I'm sure Hector will make it back tonight. (getting up from the sofa and moving toward the window) That storm is heading our way and it's moving fast.
Comprehension Tip
Also, make inferences and draw conclusions about how the playwright wants you to feel.
Some plays are meant to make you laugh.
Some are meant to make you thoughtful.
Paying attention to dialogue and stage directions helps you infer the feeling, or mood, the playwright wants to create.
Describe Structural Elements of Drama
Elements of Drama
Elements of Drama Continued...
Elements of Drama Continued...
When you read a play or see it performed, bring to it all the skills and strategies you use when reading fiction:
Identify the main character's problem.
Follow the events that lead to the problem being solved.
Make inferences about the characters.
Interpret the theme.
is a special form of literature.
It tells a story, but the story is meant to be acted and staged for an audience instead of read.
You can read a play, but usually the
main purpose is for you to see it.
Because of this, drama takes a different form from a short story or novel.
Understand the TEKS
Words to Know
4.5 Describe the structural elements particular to dramatic literature.

Figure 19(D) Make inferences about text and use textual eveidence to support understanding.
Stage Directions
Elements of Drama Continued...
: These are the words each character says.
Ususally, the character's name appears firs, followed by a colon.
The exact words the character says come after the colon.

: Let's hike up Enchanted Rock today.
What do you think?

Paying attention to the dialogue is very important.
It's the main way you learn about the characters and about what is happening in the play.
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