Drama Introduction Booklet - Theater and Drama Terms Student Reference

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Drama Introduction Booklet - Theater and Drama Terms Student Reference: Empower your students with a comprehensive drama introduction booklet, designed to serve as their go-to reference throughout your theater unit. This handy resource covers essential drama terms, a brief history of theater, dramatic elements, and types of drama. With clear explanations and examples, this booklet equips students with the knowledge and tools they need to engage deeply with drama and theater. Simply print, use double-sided photocopying, and fold to create a convenient drama handbook that students can refer to again and again during your theater unit. 

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Included in This Drama or Theater Introduction Booklet:

➡️ Important Drama Terms: Introduce important terms used in a drama or theater class to help students understand the plays they are reading or performing:

  • Playwright
  • Dramatis Personae
  • Act Scene
  • Stage Directions
  • Blocking
  • Gesture
  • Props
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Subplot
  • Prologue
  • Monologue
  • Dialogue

➡️ History of Theater: Share some basic background on the history of theater for students to give them context on three important drama eras in history:

  • Greek Theatre
  • Medieval Theatre
  • Renaissance Theatre

➡️ Dramatic Literary Elements: Having a strong understanding of common drama or theater literary devices will help students recognize these literary elements or elements as they are used in the plays they read. It will also help them incorporate the elements into their own play writing!

  • Aside
  • Catharsis
  • Pathos
  • Comic Relief
  • Soliloquy
  • Forth Wall
  • Hubris
  • Tragic Hero
  • Tragic Flaw
  • Foil
  • Diction
  • Dramatic Irony
  • Suspension of Disbelief

➡️ Drama Genres: Help students recognize the common drama types and the structure they follow with information about 10 different theater types. For each, a short explanation of the genres:

  • Comedy
  • Tragedy
  • Drama
  • Tragicomedy
  • Farce
  • Docudrama
  • Melodrama
  • Period Piece
  • Theatre of the Absurd
  • Low & High Comedy

➡️ Analyzing Drama: Give students a framework for analyzing any play they read with definitions for common story elements they can consider in their analysis:

  • Setting
  • Characters
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Symbolism
  • Theme
  • Genre
  • Key Lines
  • Speeches
  • Elements 

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