This is a comprehensive guide to teaching the play. There are many important prereading prompts regarding the American Dream, questions for each act, "digging deeper" prompts, writing responses and an "exploring further" section that requires students to go beyond the text.
I like the honest, conversational tone of this teacher's article. She accurately portrays potential difficulties of teaching the play and gives advise for instructional strategies. She focuses on the value of the individual, the concept of regret, and the struggle for self. These are important themes in the play and she writes about them in simple, understandable manner. Be sure to look at the comments for even more ideas.
Author Mary Collins certainly knows how to set up a plan for teaching this play. Here is another exhaustive guide for new and veteran teachers. If you peruse her questions, suggestions, and activities, you will have plenty of information to start your own creative approach to the play.
It is beneficial to get many perspectives on teaching a text. This first generation American teacher talks about what it was like to read about Willy's plight and recognize how the "American Dream" was a nightmare in the text and for many Americans. I like how the site includes a transcript of her ideas and uses a monitor to display quotes from the text. She has many good ideas for teaching motifs as well.
Here are three creative ideas for a student's final project of the play. Use these to inspire your own ideas or revise/edit one or all to work for your students. I have used the soundtrack project for other novels and the students really enjoyed doing it.
If you are going to rely on any resource about the play, use this one. It gives significant background information about the playwright and his intentions with the play, offers substantial information about characters, plot, themes, conflicts, structure, language, and literary connections. There are also study guide questions for the entire play and activities for students to complete.