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Copy of Copy of Elements of Drama

Introduction for 7th Grade ELA
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Maria Rendon

on 28 November 2016

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Elements of Drama

Drama
Learning Target: I will understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the
elements of drama
. I am expected to explain the playwright's use of
dialogue
and
stage directions
.
Drama is a form of literature meant to be performed for an audience, either on stage or before a camera.

Characters
Like fiction, drama has one or more characters...
Characterization
is achieved through:
What the characters say & do
What other characters say about them
How they look
Elements of Drama:
List of Characters/Cast Members
usually at the beginning of the drama
may/may not have a brief description
Dialogue
The conversation between actors in a play.
Stage Directions
Setting
Like fiction, the setting of a drama can be:
any time or place in the past, present, or future
real or imagined
Details about the setting are often left up to the director and designers.
Setting in a drama is revealed in the stage directions, through dialogue, or scenery props.
Acts & Scenes
Plot
Like fiction, drama has a plot based on the development and resolution of conflict.
Theme
• Printed in
italics
• Often enclosed in (parentheses)
• Tell actors how to move or describe scenery or props
• Can also include suggestions for costumes, lighting, or sound
Like fiction, all works of drama have at least one theme, or life lesson.
Most plays, no matter their setting or subject matter, have themes that are relevant (relate) to a wide audience.
Production Elements
The dialogue or stage directions may describe some of the visual elements needed for the play.
Scenery – the decorations on stage that help create the setting
Props – the objects that actors need during a play
Costumes - the clothing, make-up, and/or hair a character wears
Lighting - illuminates the stage, but also illustrates setting and sets a mood.
Sound - music or other sound effects
Scenes – action is divided into units called scenes
Scenes change whenever the setting (time, place, or both) changes

Acts – sometimes scenes are grouped into longer acts.
Most modern plays are two acts with an intermission in between
* In a movie or television script, act and scene changes are not always labeled.
Example:
JACK: Let's go up this hill.
JILL: Okay, but I hope we don't fall.
• Majority of the play is dialogue
• Reveals both the plot and the characterization
• Dialogue appears next to the character’s names
Instructions for the director, performers, designers, or stage crew.
PROPS
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Playwright: One who writes plays.
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