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Dear Evan Hansen

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Character Map
  • Storyboard
  • Comic Strip
  • Plot Diagram
  • Graphic Novel
  • Mind Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Dear Evan Hansen
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings theatrical plays to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Dear Evan Hansen

Main Characters

Dear Evan Hansen

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Evan Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen
    Evan Hansen

    Protagonist, high school senior

  • Heidi Hansen from Dear Evan Hansen
    Heidi Hansen

    Evan's mom, nurse's aid

  • Connor Murphy from Dear Evan Hansen
    Connor Murphy

    Another high school senior who commits suicide

  • Zoe Murphy from Dear Evan Hansen
    Zoe Murphy

    Connor's younger sister and Evan's secret crush

  • Cynthia Murphy from Dear Evan Hansen
    Cynthia Murphy

    Connor and Zoe's mom

  • Larry Murphy from Dear Evan Hansen
    Larry Murphy

    Connor and Zoe's dad

  • Alana Beck from Dear Evan Hansen
    Alana Beck

    Evan's over-achieving classmate

  • Jared Kleinman from Dear Evan Hansen
    Jared Kleinman

    Evan's classmate and son of a family friend of the Hansens

Featured Props

Dear Evan Hansen

Student creations come alive with these themed objects – in addition to our library of over 3,000 props!

  • Backpack
    Backpack
  • Book
    Book
  • Computer
    Computer
  • House
    House
  • Money
    Money
  • Prop Letter
    Prop Letter
  • School
    School
  • Shell
    Shell
  • Teardrop
    Teardrop
  • Tree
    Tree
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Teacher Guide

Dear Evan Hansen

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Dear Evan Hansen is an original musical written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, based on the book by Steven Levenson. The protagonist, Evan Hansen, is a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder who finds himself amid the lies and turmoil that follow a classmate's suicide.

Opening Discussion

Before reading or watching the play/novel, discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about this story?
  • What can you predict about the story based on the title and synopsis?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the story, and make additions throughout the play.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Major Themes

    Complete after class reading and discussion.

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  • Make a Comic Strip
    Major Events

    Track events throughout the story and complete this activity after finishing the play.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Plot Diagram (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Plot Diagram to illustrate the main events in the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Illustrate a Graphic Novel version of the story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to illustrate the setting and imagery.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate every scene in the play.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Compare and contrast the characters in the story.
  • Were you surprised by any of the characters' motives, choices, or actions? Why or why not?
  • What were the main themes of the story?
  • What do you think the climax of the story was?
  • What was the author's purpose in writing this story?
  • What was the text's overall tone (author's attitude) and mood (reader's reaction)?
  • How might the context of when this text was written influence the content and themes?
  • Can you relate to the story? How?
  • What can you learn from the story?
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Pixton Activity: Dear Evan Hansen 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from Dear Evan Hansen and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the story.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Dear Evan Hansen 2 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Intro

Discuss the themes in the story. Ask students to identify what truths about life or people they understood better after reading this novel or watching the play.

Instructions

In a Storyboard, illustrate at least three examples of a major theme in Dear Evan Hansen:

  • Write the theme in the panel title
  • Include an appropriate image
  • Include dialogue or a description that fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Dear Evan Hansen 3 Major Events

Featured Layouts

  • Comic Strip

Intro

In your opinion, what are the most important events that drive the conflict, plot, and character development?

Instructions

Create a Comic Strip to illustrate the three most important events in Dear Evan Hansen.

  • Include a brief dialogue and/or an illustration for each event.
  • Identify the key points that are important to that specific event. Think about quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Example Comic Strip

Major Events in "Dear Evan Hansen" by Student

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