DEFINITION a dramatic performance usually performed on a stage
PARTS OF A PLAY Cast/Characters Setting/Scenes Directions
CAST Characters – people/animals in the story act out parts, pretend to be someone else. May wear costumes May change voice
∙You can learn about characters by noticing what they say and do. ∙Notice how they interact with other characters.
NARRATIVE CHARACTERS Provide background information Provide supporting details Do not participate in scenes with other characters
SETTING/SCENES Sets background for play Tells you when and where the action takes place May contain one scene or multiple scenes
DIRECTIONS Tell characters what to do Where to go When to move How to move How to speak Written in parenthesis
The King in the Kitchen by Margaret E. Slattery Illustrated by Matthew Trueman
Using Graphic Sources Turn to p. 446 in your basal. Look at the pictures of the characters. What do they tell you about the play and what it will be about?
Vocabulary Turn to p. 442 in your basal. Look at the vocabulary words used in the play. Read “Keeping a Secret” on p. 443 to see these words used in text. Write any vocabulary words you do not know on the next clean page in your reading notebook. Write The King in the Kitchen on the top line. Use the glossary in the basal to help you with the definitions.
As you read the play… Let the characters come alive in your mind. Imagine the setting. Picture where and when the events take place. Think about what a king might be doing in the kitchen. Begin reading the play on p. 446.
Answer these questions in your notebook Suppose someone said, “This play isn’t real. It could never happen!” What do you think the author would say? What is the setting of the play? What details in the text let you know? The Peasant is very clever. What does that mean? If you don’t know, use an online dictionary to find out. Write the definition in your notebook.
Questions… How is the Peasant clever in his dealings with the King? Some of the characters in the play are royals. Some are servants. Make a T-chart and list the characters in each category.