Home and Family

This unit examines the American family, a foundational concept we will notice the significance of through the duration of the course, and its relationship to the concept of the American Dream by studying Miller's Death of a Salesman and Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men along with a variety of literary essays (linked below) and excerpted novels (McBride's The Color of Water and Salinger's Catcher in the Rye). While we acquaint ourselves with common themes of American literature, we will also focus deeply on our own writing process, voice, and style using the narrative style as a medium for these lessons. This unit will also begin our journey towards consciousness of (and further development of) our own writing styles and our voices as writers. This introductory Home and Family unit will set the foundation for the rest of the year together.

Play/Novel Resources

Death of a Salesman Full Text

Death of a Salesman Film (watch some of this if you want help with set design+significance, plot, characterization, etc. NOT a substitution for reading but can definitely help you understand the play!)

Of Mice and Men Full Text

The Catcher in the Rye Full Text

"Tragedy and the Common Man" (Miller)

"The Lost Father in Death of a Salesman" (Fix)

Home and Family Unit Activities