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					Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Act I: Analyze the opening scene description. Pick out three specific details that you
found interesting and explain why. Reflect on the quote “The air of the dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality” (p. 11)

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Act I: Willy contradicts himself often.

Find at least one example of this and explain its implication on Willy’s characterization. What is the cause of this constant contradiction?

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Act I: When Ben is leaving Willy says that “Dad left when I was such a baby and I
never had the chance to talk to h im and I still feel—kind of temporary about myself.” What does he mean by this? Why does he want Ben to stay?

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Act II: What is Willy's dream? What is he searching for throughout the play? Why
doesn't he find it? Did he have a chance of fulfilling it? Did he have the wrong dream? Inappropriate attitudes? Is he a born loser, or does he stand in his own way to success? Explain.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Act II: What is the turning point in Willy's life? Is Willy the main character in this
play or is Biff? Why? What does Biff discover about himself? How does this discovery affect his relationship with Willy? How is Biff's self-realization dramatic? What is the climax of the play?

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Act II: Why does Miller let us know in the title that Willy's death is coming? Why
doesn't he make it a surprise? Is Willy's death in a car more or less appropriate than a suicide using the rubber hose on the water heater would be? Why? What harm does Willy's death do? What good?

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Requiem: Write an obituary for Willy Loman that could appear in his town's
newspaper.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Arthur Miller Biography: Describe some key elements of Arthur Miller’s life
and how they relate to ideas in Death of a Salesman.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Arthur Miller Biography II: Summarize the article you read in the Arthur
Miller Biography class. Be sure to discuss Death of a Salesman as well as use at least 3 of the vocabulary words that were underlined.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

“Tragedy and the Common Man”:

Using Arthur Miller’s essay, how do you define tragedy? According to your definition, is Death of a Salesman a tragedy? Is it a tragedy according to the classic definition? Explain how it is or isn't.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Examining Quotations: Choose one quotation in the play that you believe
sums up the main idea. Write 2 paragraphs describing what that main idea is and how the quote explains it. Incorporate the TIED method

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

The Conscience: Many critics claim that Linda and Charley act as Willy’s
conscience in the play. Do you agree or disagree. Explain giving specific examples.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Now Playing: Imagine you are putting on a production of Death of a Salesman
and create a playbill, a set, and describe in at least 2 paragraphs your own interpretations of some of the scenes.

Journal Prompts
Directions: Complete at least 8 Journal Prompts throughout the course of this unit. Journals must be at least one page long. Use the back of the Journal page if you need more space.

Literature Circle Reflection: Reflect on your role in the literature circle.
Did you perform your role to the best of your ability? What would you change if you could do it again? What did you learn about the scene that you did not initially recognize when you read it alone?


				
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