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Analysis using Aristotle’s Six Elements of Drama

Objective: Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Six Elements of Drama by analyzing a film.
Subject: Playwriting & Script Analysis
Class Level: Beginning
Main Concepts: Play analysis, plot structure, identifying themes
National Standards: CONTENT STANDARD 7: Analyzing, critiquing, and constructing meanings from informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions.;

CONTENT STANDARD 6: Comparing and integrating art forms by analyzing traditional theatre, dance, music, and visual arts, and new art forms.; CONTENT

CONTENT STANDARD 4: Directing by interpreting dramatic texts and organizing and conducting rehearsals for informal or formal productions.
Description: PRIOR EXPERIENCE: None
Author: Carlie Parkinson

Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Plot Structure

The students will demonstrate their knowledge of plot by participating in a group presentation of plot structure.

Lesson 2: Theme

The students will demonstrate their knowledge of theme by identifying a theme for film presented in class.

Lesson 3: Diction

The students will demonstrate their understanding of diction by performing a short Shakespearean puppet show.

Lesson 4: Character

The students will demonstrate their knowledge of characters by completing a “Myspace” profile for a character in a play read in class.

Lesson 5: Music

Students will demonstrate their understanding of music by performing a thirty-second melodrama.

Lesson 6: Spectacle

Students will demonstrate their understanding of spectacle by designing scenery for “Spectacular, Spectacular”.

Lesson 7: Final Analysis

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Six Elements of Drama by analyzing a film.

Author's Notes:

This unit was originally written to culminate in a film analysis, but can be used with a theatre production analysis just as easily.