Dramatic Literature

Section #: 1028

Dramatic Literature, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study of plays and literary art as different from other literary genres. Students view live, televised, or filmed productions and stage scenes from plays or scripts. Students examine tragedies, comedies, melodramas, musicals or operas created by important playwrights and screenwriters representing the literary movements in dramatic literature. Students analyze how live performance alters interpretation from text and how developments in acting and production have altered the way we interpret plays or scripts. Students analyze the relationship between the development of dramatic literature as entertainment and as a reflection or influence on the culture.

Recommended Grade Level

Grades 11 or 12

Recommended Prerequisites

English 9, English 10, or teacher recommendation


1 credit

Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic

Students are strongly encouraged to combine this course with a composition course that they take before, concurrently, or after the course.