Of Mice and Men

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Of Mice and Men Synopsis – “Of Mice and Men follows a pair of migrant field workers in California as they move South from Weed to work on a ranch in Soledad. The novella navigates between the everyday realities of George Milton and Lennie Small—gigantic in stature, well-meaning, but with limited mental capacity—and their dream of settling down on their own ranch, a dream that seems all the more tempting for its impossibility.” (http://www.steinbeck.org/pages/of-mice-and-men-synopsis)

Pre-Reading Questions – Students answer these questions on the first sheet of notebook paper in their journals that they create in class. Students answer these questions before the reading. There answers are based on their own opinions as well as prior knowledge.

3 Levels of Cognitive Questions Handout — Here is a handout to help remind students how to write and ask each level of question (Level 1 – Level 3). Students may use this to help guide them on writing their own discussion questions related to OM&M (or any other reading that they complete in the future).

Character Chart – This is a copy of the character chart (the first page in the journals we create in class) that students need to fill out as we complete our reading.

Vocabulary – For each chapter, choose 2-3 words from your reading; these should be words you aren’t familiar with, or don’t know the meaning of.  Use the format found in the link in your journal.  These are part of each journal entry to record words as you read.

Journal Entries

  • Chapter 1 Journal Entries – Students must complete these activities in their journals that we created in class. They will be turning in the completed journal at the completion of the novel.
  • Chapter 2 Journal Entries – Students must complete these activities in their journals that we created in class. They will be turning in the completed journal at the completion of the novel.
  • Chapter 3 Journal Entries – Students must complete these activities in their journals that we created in class. They will be turning in the completed journal at the completion of the novel.
  • Chapter 4 Journal Entries – Students must complete these activities in their journals that we created in class. They will be turning in the completed journal at the completion of the novel.
  • Chapter 5 Journal Entries – Students must complete these activities in their journals that we created in class. They will be turning in the completed journal at the completion of the novel.
  • Chapter 6 Journal Entries – Students must complete these activities in their journals that we created in class. They will be turning in the completed journal at the completion of the novel.

Section Discussion Questions

  • Sections 1 and 2 Questions — Students need to answer these questions in the corresponding places in their journals (on the back of the pages for each chapter). They are also the basis for discussion in class.
  • Sections 3 and 4 Questions — Students need to answer these questions in the corresponding places in their journals (on the back of the pages for each chapter). They are also the basis for discussion in class.
  • Sections 5 and 6 Questions — Students need to answer these questions in the corresponding places in their journals (on the back of the pages for each chapter). They are also the basis for discussion in class.

Of Mice and Men Projects — Students must choose one of the projects listed. They must put time, effort, and creativity into the project they choose. Any project ideas not listed must be approved prior to due date.

RAFT Activity — This is an extra credit opportunity that the students can have. Students must choose a format to write this piece in and it must relate to the novel Of Mice and Men. They must submit their pieces (hard copy) to me no later than Friday March 25th by 3 PM.

Of Mice and Men Argumentative Prompt – Students need to use this as a guide for their essays.

Of Mice and Men Self-Edit Checklist – Students need to use this checklist before submitting their final drafts to make sure they have all of the necessary components and proper formatting.

Of Mice and Men Work Cited Entry –  Students may use this to help them cite the proper resource that we used in class. Be cautious of using sites like Easybib because they may not have all of the proper information for your specific citation.

Period 0

  • Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin, 1993. Print.

Period 3, 4

  • Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Bantam, 1965. Print.