Module 22: Elements of Drama - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this lesson students will learn how plays are organized. They'll also learn how to think about a play's plot as they read or see the play performed. Students will consider how actors turn a script into a live or recorded performance. They will learn how to correct sentence fragments. Students will review spelling rules related to errors commonly made by elementary students.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 8: Practice 1 None
2 Structure of Drama independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 From Script to Performance independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Correcting Fragments independent reading book
pen or pencil
5 Spelling Words Correctly independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 8: Practice 1
2 Structure of Drama
  1. Identify and describe plot elements as they appear in dramatic literature.
3 From Script to Performance
  1. Compare and contrast the experience of reading a play to the experience of watching a performance.
4 Correcting Fragments
  1. Correct inappropriate use of sentence fragments.
5 Spelling Words Correctly
  1. Spell words correctly, consulting references as needed.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
rising action
sentence fragment
spelling rules

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
5 Spelling Words Correctly 3 Spelling Words Correctly Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 8: Practice 1 To prepare for the Spelling 8: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Structure of Drama
3 From Script to Performance
4 Correcting Fragments
5 Spelling Words Correctly

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Structure of Drama
  1. How is the structure of a play like the structure of a story?
From Script to Performance
  1. How is watching a performance of a play different from reading the play?
Correcting Fragments
  1. What is a sentence fragment?
Spelling Words Correctly
  1. Why is it important to know and understand the rules of spelling?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Structure of Drama Anansi and Turtle
  1. Can you identify the events in this story's plot--its basic situation, rising action, climax, and resolution?
From Script to Performance The Town Rat and The Country Rat
  1. How is watching this play different from what it would be like to read the script?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Fairytales on Stage: A Collection of Children's Plays based on Famous Fairy tales Julie Meighan

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing