• Overview

Fictional texts take reality and wrap it in extraordinary circumstances. Incorporating fictional text in all classes allows science teachers to encourage students to think "What if" or math teachers to discuss the probability of events or history teachers to critique the interpretation presented. Drama asks us questions about the nature of our humanity. At the core of dramatic texts is a changing, dynamic character. By allowing students to pick their own drama to read but building reading groups around key elements of the genre, students not only exercise creative thinking skills, but they also build their capacity to draw connections between similar texts.


CCSS Alignment (Fiction)  RL 8.1 – 8.9

Places to Get Published 



Reading Bookmarks



Great Dramas

Plot Types


Tragedy; Romance; Melodrama; Poetry; Quests; Utopian Worlds; Gothic Tales; Rituals; Tragic Flaws

Core Conflicts

Character against Self; Character against Character

Writing Techniques

Mood; Tone; Multiple Perspectives; Dynamic Characters; Complications and Challenges

Typical Characters

Willing Hero; Unwilling Hero; Tragic Anti-hero; The Mentor; Shaman; Hermit; Wanderer; Threshold Guardian; Messenger; The Giver; Shapeshifter; Shadow; The Child; Maiden; Magician; Weaver; Emperor; Empress; Judge; Wise Old Man; Scholar; Soldier; Politician


Catharsis and Epiphanies; Resilience; Leadership; Self-Control; Personality; Psychology; Health; Communication; Family; Culture and Change; Universality; Purpose; Passion;  Perception


Objectives - Student will Create and/or Evaluate:


1. Internal conflict that leads to change

2. Family/social group dynamics that add pressure

3. Social/political conflict that connects characters

4. Characters that struggle with their own self image

5. Believable heroes; villains

6. Psychological factors influencing behavior

7. Characters that symbolize struggles during a stage of life

8. Characters motivated by love;revenge

9. Settings that define the mood

10. An unique voice highlighting a new perspective

11. Challenges  that progressively become more difficult

12. Slang;catch phrases that highlight personality

13. Mood & tone through developing internal dialog

14. Significant moments that create windows into life

15. Catharsis; epiphany points highlighting change

16. Complications exploring stereotypes;prejudice

17. Adversity that fosters growth

18. A balance between action & character development