Dramatic Readings

Dramatic Readings Course Outline

Dramatic Readings is an English elective that will explore the history and development of drama, including changes in playwriting, staging, social response and acting.  Students will learn a variety of terms associated with drama and theater, develop appreciation for both writing and performing drama, improve oral reading skills and increase proficiency in creative and analytical writing.

 Learning Goals:

 ·         Demonstrate knowledge of a list of terms and concepts

·         Demonstrate knowledge of major innovations in dramatic history

·         Demonstrate the ability to analyze a dramatic work for characterization, dialogue, plot, staging, etc.

·         Compare similar characters from different styles of dramatic presentation

·         Read fluently aloud to properly present a character and his/her setting

·         Write an original dramatic scene employing appropriate literary elements

Course Readings:

 Oedipus Rex (Sophocles) – Greek tragedy

Everyman (Anonymous) – Medieval morality play (allegory)

The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare) – Elizabethan comedy

An Enemy of the People (Ibsen) – modern realism; melodrama; social criticism

The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde) – Victorian satire and comedy

The Glass Menagerie (Williams) – American Southern gothic; eclecticism

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An introduction to medieval theater and the play Everyman  923k v. 1 Dec 10, 2008, 8:56 AM Tim Searl

Oedipus Rex with Vegetables  Dec 10, 2008, 9:01 AM Tim Searl