Preliminary Research Working together we were given the topic of Drama. After intense research we thought of 10 different open ended questions. We asked teachers. We looked for inspiration. We went on the internet and finally we settled on the idea to start with revolutions in Greece, Rome and through Renascence through the driving question of. How Does Revolution Progress Human Knowledge?
Inquiry questions 1. When was the earliest revolution in drama? While the primal people of the ancient world did perform rituals similar to drama in over 8500 BCE, it was the Greeks who really influenced drama. Some of their most famous dramatists include Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and Aristophanes 2. What are the genres of drama? There are many genres of drama. However, the most known are tragedy, comedy, historical drama and melodrama. Melodrama being the most common with exaggerated emotions. Historical drama is based on real events in the past. Comedy is based on humour. Tragedy is based of the sad side. 3. Did the Romans practise Drama? Yes, they mostly made comedies and tragedies as well as putting on theatre events every day. Even though there were only 200 recorded years of Drama in roman times. The first adapted comedies were written in Latin. 4. What does dramatic purpose mean? Dramatic purpose is used to describe a part of a dialogue or scene in literature that serves a specific purpose to the plot. Some examples of a dramatic purpose are the characterisation of a main character, complicating the plot, advancing the plot , or the setting a the scene. 5. What did the Greeks do with drama? Ancient Greeks were very interested in entertainment and were very serious about entertainment. They used drama as a way of investigating the world they lived in, and what it meant to be human. The Greeks also used drama for entertainment and to enjoy it. 6.Why do we know so much about drama? We know a lot about drama because it is a subject that is taught even in the present times.We also see musicals and theaters in special events. As well as written records of plays and some archaeological discoveries of sites that contains stages or theaters. 7. Where and when did drama start? The primitive tribal dances and rituals began the timeline of drama in 8500 BCE. The main influence of drama started in Ancient Greece in 600 BCE . The first plays were religious affairs, with dancing and music. Then started the chorus that we all are familiar with. 8. What is the difference between drama and theatre? Drama is a genre of literature. It is written to be read and to be performed on stage. Theatre is the process of preparing plays for the stage and the people that contribute to it. 9. How did Shakespeare contribute to Drama? Shakespeare influenced people with his different styles of drama. Writers today use his styles and strategies to write interesting stories. He wrote comedies, plays, and tragedies. Shakespeare also wrote poems. Some major plays were Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. 10. How did drama/theatre change over time? Firstly, some primitive tribals re enacted how they got the food. But this was not a proper stage so it was not a major revolution. Greek was the first country that made theatre and drama. Then the next major revolution was the Roman theatre. Finally during the renaissance, meaning rebirth, there was another major change.
Peer Feedback Stars: 1. good representation 2. good research 3. shows different types of drama 4. items were relevant 5. good use of ancient history
Wishes: 1. more detail 2. make it different 3. more simplistic 4. combine ideas
Books Hinds, K, 1997. The Ancient Romans (Cultures of the Past). Cavendish Square Publishing.
macgowan, kenneth, 1859. Golden Ages of Theatre. 4th ed. United States of America: A Spectrum Book.
Rodgers, Nigel, 1995. the Greek Ancient Greek World People, Place, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Gods and Myths,Culture. 7th ed. China: Hermes House.
Questions for history Why did Ancient Greek theatre have an important influence on Drama and theatre? Because, basically all modern theatre comes from it. They usually introduced things, like, they had a chorus. The chorus commented on the play. Everything we know today actually comes from Greek theatre
How and why did the Greeks develop drama? A lot of Greek theatre was to do with the gods and the rituals and stuff about their lives, sort of things. So what it actually reinforced was the culture they had.
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