Five Act Structure Template

Updated: 7/18/2019
Five Act Structure Template
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The Five Act Play (Dramatic Structure)

By Rebecca Ray

Plays first originated in ancient Greece. Aristotle was one of the first to write about drama and describe its three segments: beginning, middle, and end. Over time, dramas evolved, the Roman poet, Horace advocated for five acts, and many centuries later, a German playwright, Gustav Freytag, developed the five-act structure commonly used today to analyze classical and Shakespearean dramas. The pattern of this five-act structure can be seen in the familiar plot diagram.
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Five Act Structure Template | Have students identify and illustrate the key points of each act in Shakespearean plays using the five act structure!

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  • ACT 1: EXPOSITION
  • ACT 1: CONFLICT
  • ACT 2: RISING ACTION
  • ACT 3: CLIMAX
  • ACT 4: FALLING ACTION
  • ACT 5: DENOUEMENT
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