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7th Grade Elements of Drama

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Maggie DesPain

on 11 February 2017

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Transcript of 7th Grade Elements of Drama

-Characters -Plot
-Setting -Rising Action
-Conflict -Falling Action
-Climax -Resolution

Stage Directions
-The playwright's instructions about how to perform the drama.
-They tell the actors how they should speak and move, and give details about lighting, sound effects, and costumes.
What is drama?
-Drama is a story that is meant to be preformed.

-Often times it is performed for an audience

-Author is often called a playwright

Comedy vs. Tragedy
Comedy: Features ordinary people in funny situations
-Usually has a happy ending
-Example: Mean Girls

Drama: Shows the downfall of the main character (tragic hero)
-The tragic hero may be an admirable person with a fault that brings about his destruction
Ex. Romeo and Juliet
Structure in Drama
Act I: The characters, setting, and conflict, or problem, are introduced in the exposition

Act II: In the rising action, the protagonist, tries to solve the conflict, but faces obstacles that prevent an easy solution

Act III: The climax, or highest point of interest, represent a turning point in the drama. During the falling action, the plot movies toward the resolution of the conflict

-Plays can have five acts or one act-often divided into multiple scenes
Character Development
-A character may directly express private thoughts, feelings, and conflicts in speech.
-Personality traits may be revealed as a character interacts with other characters
-A character may comment on another character
-A character may comment on another character

Drama: Showing, Not Telling
-Moved forward entirely by spoken dialogue and physical action

-Audiences are shown what happens by all of the various elements of a play

-Actor's voice/how people move around the stage/body language/the words/lighting/costumes etc. All go into the full production.
7th Grade Elements of Drama
Elements of Drama
External Conflict: Occurs between a character and an outside force, such as another character
Ex. Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, and Man vs. Society

Internal Conflict: Occurs within the mind of a character, as when a character is torn between opposing feelings of goals
Man vs. Self
-Monologue: Long uninterrupted speech spoken by one character to another
-Soliloquy: A speech in which a character is alone and reveals private thoughts. Sometimes a soliloquy is spoken to the audience. Other times, the character is speaking only to himself or herself.
Aside: Comment made by a character to the audience. It is not meant to be heard by the other characters.
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