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Dramatic Literature

Practice the terms below to review key concepts of dramatic literature.

Plotthe sequence of a story's events that lead to the climax and resolution
Settingthe place and time where the story or play takes place
Characterspeople in the play
Propsitems used by the characters during a play
Dialoguethe conversations and words spoken aloud by characters in a play
Setthe scenery, props, lights, etc., on a stage for an act or scene
Stage Directionsthe instructions that relate to actors' movements, sound and lighting effects, placement of props, etc, all of which are written as part of the script of a play
Dramaa literary work in which the characters experience some sort of conflict usually performed as a play
Playdrama in which a group of actors perform a scripted story on stage in front of a live audience, often using makeup or costumes to more closely resemble the characters they portray
Narratorthe one who narrates, speaks, tells the story
Actone of the main divisions of a play
Prologuean introductory passage or speech before the main action of a novel, play, or long poem
Sceneany of the divisions of an act of a play presenting continous action in one place
Scriptthe manuscript or the written text of a play
Tragedya literary work that begins in happiness and ends in misery
Comedya play where characters triumph over adverse circumstances resulting in a successful or happy conclusion
Chorusa group of actors in ancient Greek drama who sing or speak in unison, generally commenting on the significance of the events that take place in the play
Conflictthe problem that causes the dramatic action in a drama
StageA raised platform on which theatrical performances are presented by actors
Costumesstyle of dress, including garments, accessories, and hairstyle, worn by the characters to depict a particular country, time period, or culture

6th Grade Teacher
Bellingham Memorial Middle School

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