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This content will help build students' knowledge on the world and context of Death of a Salesman and help them in creating a richer reading experience.
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9 Vintage Sample Cases from the Days of Traveling Salesmen

9 Vintage Sample Cases from the Days of Traveling Salesmen | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
Companies that employed salesmen to go door to door created samples—small versions, crafted in exacting detail, of their products—to take with them. (Vintage salesman's dummies, including a toilet!
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A good look at one of the props that could be in the show, this will allow students to visualize an integral part of the play that is lost in today's world.

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12 Innovations From The 1950s That We Still Use Today

12 Innovations From The 1950s That We Still Use Today | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
While we tend to associate the '50s with sock hops, Elvis, and The Golden Age of Television, it also happened to be a decade that greatly improved our lives.
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This list automatically connects the modern world with the world of the play, giving students a cultural context to relate to before, during, and after they read the play.

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The Nifty Fifties

The Nifty Fifties | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
Fashion photography by Norman Parkinson, India, 1950s. (RT @Ardat_Lili89: RT @theniftyfifties Photo: Fashion photography by Norman Parkinson, India, 1950s.
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This photography blog has many pictures of 1950s style, fashion, and pop culture, allowing students who are sensitive to visual stimulus to view the world of the play, so when they read it they are more likely to visualize it effectively.

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Random Idea English: Finding language in context - 'academic' words

Random Idea English: Finding language in context - 'academic' words | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
TEFL teacher explores grammar and language points with exercises, quizzes and some opinionated rants

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Fairy Tales and the Common Core

Fairy Tales and the Common Core | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it

In my opinion, there is no unit of ELA study that will not benefit from the inclusion of fairy tales. This can be as simple as using picture books to introduce compare/contrast or basic thematic analysis terms (plot line, setting, character, conflict, mood) and it can be or as complex as formal readings of critical texts


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This article includes some fun activities to do with Grimms Fairy Tales, but can also be applied to any sort of play. Some of the activities include labeling plot and finding characters.

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The past isn't what it used to be: the troubled homes of "Mad Men" by Mark Taylor

The past isn't what it used to be: the troubled homes of "Mad Men" by Mark Taylor | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it

All of Mad Men's central characters have troubled home lives and uneasy relationships to traditional marriage, expressed through the repressed housewife, the philandering husband, the mistress/secretary, the single mother, the closeted homosexual and the inter-racial couple. Consequently, many of Mad Men's characters seem more "at home" in the workplace than they do anywhere else, even though the constant jockeying for position and subtle shifts in traditional sex roles have created a destabilized environment where belonging is an ever-present concern.


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This article discusses the set of Mad Men, an era-style television show that is currently playing. It discusses the process behind designing the homes, rooms, and different set locations and the context behind each one. This would be useful for students to begin to see symbolism in set and tech design.

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Is There Hope for the Middle Class? – Live Chat Transcript – Two American Families - FRONTLINE

Is There Hope for the Middle Class? – Live Chat Transcript – Two American Families - FRONTLINE | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
What Happened to the American Dream? Live chat TODAY 2 pm ET w @RohdeD @okapifilm @hughesokapi999 http://t.co/gqt0neBqEm
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Death of a Salesman deals with the American dream and many middle class worries. This article could give good insight to the concerns of middle class citizens, and allow students to read the text with more the eye of the characters.

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Depression and suicide: Football's secret uncovered

Depression and suicide: Football's secret uncovered | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
Why do some footballers with the world at their feet try to take their own lives? PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle investigates

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Part of script analysis is understanding why people do what they do. Though this article pertains to the themes of depression and suicide found in Death of a Salesman, it also give the reader a view of how suicide can affect a family, friends, and other loved ones. As students read more about the psychology of human behavior, they will begin to understand the behavior as it relates to characters in a play, allowing them to begin creating 3D characters instead of stock characters.

 

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I watched this programme and it was excellent.  One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental illness - we all need to make it a topic of conversation!

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Reality Vs. Illusion :: Arthur Miller Death Salesman Character Analysis

Category: Arthur Miller Death Salesman Character Analysis; Title: Reality Vs. Illusion

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This is a quick recap of the characters found in Death of a Salesman that students can read before they read the play in order to give them some prior knowledge.

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reality vs illusion theme

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Interactive Analysis of Tolkien's Works | Visual.ly

Interactive Analysis of Tolkien's Works | Visual.ly | Building Knowledge and Utilizing It in Reading | Scoop.it
Explore the Lord of the Ring, the Silmarillion and the Hobbit like never before. Sentiment analysis, keyword frequency, character mentions and mush mo

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One way to analyse a script is through Burkean analysis, which utilizes word, sentence, theme, and scenic repetitions to locate important moments and ideas of a play. This article demonstrates, using Lord of the Rings, different methods of such, including word counts and repetitive topics.

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