Daily Archives: October 2, 2019

Death of a Salesman Unit (Complete No Prep)

Product Description

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman used to be one of my least favorite plays to teach. I found it depressing, and I had a difficult time teaching it in a way that was meaningful to students. Then, I created this bundle so that students would not only learn about drama, tragedy, irony, etc. but also think about their own futures, while they are contemplating their post-secondary education. While Willy Loman’s dreams are unrealistic and unattainable, students contemplate their own dreams, strengths, and weaknesses. You will definitely have more than a few excellent discussions when teaching this play.

This unit has been conceived with the teacher in mind. It contains a Student Guide, a Teacher Guide, and a comprehensive Answer Key. All you have to do is print the packages and teach them. It’s as easy as that! I’ve also included two different options for end unit evaluations, which both contain evaluation grids and answer key. The unit is, in my opinion, visually appealing and the contents teach analysis of literature.

What the bundle contains: (The documents, except for the evaluations, are in PDF format.)

The Student Guide contain 16 pages: (2 versions, with graphics and one without)

-Notes on the American Dream

-An anticipation guide

-An in-depth look at success as it pertains to the lives of the students (which can, later on, be related to the play.)

-Thematic comprehension questions for each act

-Work on motifs and symbols used in the play

-Work on characterization

-Poem association (Langston Hughes’ poem)

-Notes on tragedy (Aristotle’s definition and modern definition)

-Review notes for students

Answer Key contains 29 pages:

-Answers to ALL of the students’ work

-Introduction to Arthur Miller

-Comprehensive notes on each scene of the play (to help students understand and appreciate literary techniques used by the author)

-List of themes and how they are developed – Revue sheet

Final evaluation contains three different options:

1) A unit test with answer key. Contains 3 essay type questions.

2) An essay. Contains essay topics, work process (steps 1…..), an outline guide, and an evaluation grid.


The Teacher Guide contains 5 pages:

-Includes 8 complete lessons that leave the teacher nothing to do, but to teach.

Lesson 1: Historical context and pre-reading

Lesson 2: Setting and reading (there are specific pages assigned to each lesson)

Lesson 3: Symbols, Motifs and reading the play

Lesson 4: Character chart and reading the play

Lesson 5: Reading – exploring irony and the meaning of the title

Lesson 6: Reading and a look at the difference between modern and classic tragedy

Lesson 7: Theme development and review

Lesson 8: Evaluation (Option 1 – test (answer key included), Option 2 – Essay (evaluation grid, work process, outline included)

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Teaching The Essay Package

Essay Evaluation Comments with Drop Down Boxes

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
70 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Halloween Reading Activity (Digital & Printable)”

by Growing Smart Readers

2nd – 3rd Grade

Students create a narrative by completing a digital cloze reading passage (not to be confused with close reading). If you have not introduced your students to Google Drive, or Google Slides, or are not sure how this works, it is easier than it looks.

Simple directions are included. This does not have an external link. *You create your own link once you put it into your Google Drive, and share/send to your students for them to OPEN in Google Slides so that they can interact with the text.* (Go to ask a question if you need help with this! I’m happy to help as best as I can.)

Please note: The student page has word boxes (movable pieces for the missing words) are given on the page. These word boxes are editable! In this case, the answer sheet included in this file would not apply.

This page can be differentiated.
So students who want more of a challenge, can delete any words from the boxes and type in their own words, if they choose. You, the teacher or parent, can edit the word choices/word boxes before sharing with your students. Or as mentioned above, they can type in their own words. Of course, they can use this ‘as is’, too.

This zip file contains 2 formats for the Halloween cloze reading passage:
1. PDF copy to print out for students who wish to write on paper
2. PowerPoint copy with movable and/or editable words that can be dropped and dragged into of the passage.
3. Halloween scene with movable parts to drop, drag, duplicate, and resize.

If you have questions, or something is not clear please go to Ask a Question first! I will respond as quickly as possible. Since this is new type of product for me to create, I would appreciate any feedback…so that I can make improvements on the next one!

If you haven’t tried paperless lessons yet, you should give it a try! I hope you and your students enjoy this free reading activity.

Please note that this is a zip file. Be sure you are able to open and extract the files.
Thanks for stopping by, and for your interest in this product.



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