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.
· 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
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