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Arthur Miller Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Who was Arthur Miller and how did his work depict American culture? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to outline key facts about his life and work. A small group activity allows for student interpretation of his work.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • summarize the life and work of Arthur Miller
  • outline the social and political elements that influenced Arthur Miller's work
  • discuss several of Arthur Miller's well-known works

Length

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.5

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.6

Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).

Materials

  • Several key passages from the plays of Arthur Miller
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Assorted photocopied scripts (one scene each) from several Arthur Miller plays

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