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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Tragedy to life with comics and storyboards.

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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
  • Plot Diagram
  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Pixton Lesson Plan on Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings Tragedy to life with comics and storyboards.

Main Characters

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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

  • Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Willy Loman

    The protagonist, a traveling salesman

  • Biff Loman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Biff Loman

    Willy’s thirty-four year old son

  • Linda Loman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Linda Loman

    Willy’s loyal wife

  • Happy Loman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Happy Loman

    Willy’s thirty-two year old son

  • Charley from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Charley

    Willy’s next door neighbor

  • Bernard from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Bernard

    Charley’s son, a successful lawyer

  • Ben from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Ben

    Willy’s wealthy older brother

  • The Woman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    The Woman

    Willy’s mistress in the past

  • Howard Wagner from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Howard Wagner

    Willy’s boss

  • Stanley from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Stanley

    A waiter, Happy’s friend

  • Miss Forsythe and Letta from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Miss Forsythe and Letta

    Two young women whom Happy and Biff meet

  • Jenny from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    Jenny

    Charley’s secretary

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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  • Bed
    Bed
  • Briefcase
    Briefcase
  • Casket
    Casket
  • Clock
    Clock
  • Door
    Door
  • Football
    Football
  • Grass
    Grass
  • House
    House
  • Skyline
    Skyline
  • Toaster
    Toaster
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Teacher Guide

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Ask students to discuss, “What is the American Dream?” Have them think about both materialistic and idealistic values associated with it. Create a Mind Map to show responses.

  • Have students define what a salesman is. How is it different from other jobs? What might be some advantages and disadvantages of being a salesman?

  • What effect do the expectations of parents have on the behavior of their children? How might it help children? How might it harm them? Draw a T-Chart on the board to show responses.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Start at the beginning of the play, and make additions throughout the unit.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the play.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the play.

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • How does each character symbolize some aspect of the typical “American Dream?” What outside forces work against them? What do they bring upon themselves?

  • Do you think Willy is a victim of society, or did he bring about his own downfall?

It's important to discuss how teens can manage conflict in their daily lives. Suicide is a serious topic and should be addressed with your class. Create an open discussion in which the class can share their ideas on the topic, or have the students write a paragraph on whether suicide is an acceptable decision.

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Pixton Activity: Death of a Salesman 1 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Comparing and contrasting is an important skill that will help to reinforce key attributes of the play’s characters, and helps to create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and antagonist help shape the outcome of the narrative. Plays are known for their “Foil Characters” whose main values differ from that of the protagonist.

Instructions

Choose four of your favorite characters from Death of a Salesman and create a Character Map for each one.

  • Make sure to include a character and his / her foil character among your selection.
  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the play.

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: Death of a Salesman 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Instructions

Summarize Death of a Salesman using a Plot Diagram.

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point of the plot diagram (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), as well as for the main conflict.
  • Be sure to identify the key points that are essential in defining that specific act or scene.
  • Think about relevant quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

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 plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• 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 (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• 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

Student Handout

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Conflict and Plot in “Cinderella” by Pixton
ExpositionCinderella lives a humble life with her father, and is very happy. However, soon after taking a new wife, Cinderella's father passes away. Main ConflictWith her new husband now deceased, Lady Tremaine and her two daughters take over the house. Rather than welcoming Cinderella into the family, they make her a servant and treat her cruelly. Rising ActionThe Prince, looking to get married, announces there will be a ball for all the ladies in the kingdom to attend. Cinderella plans to go but her stepsisters ruin her dress. As she sits in tears, her fairy godmother appears and gives her everything she needs for a grand experience at the ball. But there is a catch; at midnight, everything will return to how it was before. ClimaxCinderella enters the ballroom and immediately catches Prince Charming's eye. After a night of dancing, the two are in love. Cinderella loses track of time, however, and when the clock strikes midnight, she flees from the ball. Prince Charming is left with nothing but her glass slipper. Falling ActionThe prince is determined to find the mysterious woman from the ball. He sends his men to visit every household in the kingdom and have them try on the glass slipper. The woman whom the shoe fits will be the new princess. DenouementAt last, Cinderella gets a chance to try on the glass slipper and it fits perfectly. Prince Charming knows she is the one he fell in love with at the ball. He rescues her from her wicked stepfamily and they live happily ever after.
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Pixton Activity: Death of a Salesman 3 Major Themes

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Three major themes in Death of a Salesman are:

  • The American Dream
  • Abandonment
  • Betrayal

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least two exemplary scenes and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • identify the theme in the comic title or map center
  • identify the act in the panel title
  • create an image that summarizes the scene
  • formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme
  • in a final panel, briefly describe how the theme causes the reader to reflect

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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