Interpreting Perspectives: Greek Myths

Lesson 5


Unit 4

4th Grade

Lesson 5 of 23


Describe how the author uses structural elements of drama to retell what happens in "Pandora’s Box."

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Greek Myth Plays by Carol Pugliano-Martin  pp. 23 – 27

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Target Task

Multiple Choice

Which structural element is found in "Pandora’s Box," a drama?

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Which line from the drama best supports the answer to Part A?

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Writing Prompt

How does the author use the structural elements of drama to retell what happens in "Pandora’s Box"?

Sample Response

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Key Questions

  • Who are the characters? Why would the author include all of the characters? 

  • What is a chorus? Why does the author include the chorus? Give specific examples. 

  • What are stage directions? Why does the author include them? Give specific examples. 

  • What clues does the author give to help a reader better understand the emotion of each character? 

  • Compare and contrast the structural elements of drama with those of prose and verse.




a group of singers or dancers who take part in a play



the person who is telling the story

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • RL.4.5 — 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.
  • RL.4.7 — Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

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