RL4.5 Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Drama vs. Prose
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2. Write notes below on Prose and Drama in your journal
PROSE What is it?
Written in complete sentences
Sentences are organized in paragraphs
Paragraphs are organized into chapters
Fiction or Nonfiction
Can have dialogue
Driven by narrative qualities (characters, plot) or to clearly inform the reader
Written to inform, persuade or entertain
Fallows grammar rules
DRAMA What is it?
Written in dialogue (lines for characters to speak)
Dialogue lines are organized in scenes
Scenes are organized in acts
Stage directions (shown in parentheses, not said out loud, to tell actors where to go or do)
Cast of characters and narrator
Setting displayed on stage called a set
Driven by narrative qualities (characters, plot)
Written to be acted out to entertain
Different dialogue rules (characters words are not in quotes)