Describe contributions of different cultures to the development of American literature.
Compare and contrast the development of American literature in its historical context.
Discuss American literature as it reflects traditional and contemporary themes, motifs, universal characters, and genres.
Describe how use of context and language structures conveys an author's intent and viewpoint in contemporary and historical essays, speeches, and critical reviews.
Describe the dramatic conventions or devices used by playwrights to present ideas.
Compare and evaluate adaptations and interpretations of script for stage, film, or television.
Explain the use of verbal, situational, and dramatic irony.
Recognize major literary forms and their elements.
Recognize the characteristics of major chronological eras.
Relate literary works and authors to major themes and issues of their eras.
Describe the conflict, plot, climax, and setting.
Compare and contrast ways in which character, scene, dialogue, and staging contribute to the theme and the dramatic effect.
Identify the most effective elements of selected plays.
Compare and contrast dramatic elements of plays from American, British, and other cultures.