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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men. By John Steinbeck. Modern Movie. The Novel. Pictures. To understand the historical background to this novel. Time Period Author Setting Literary Movement. Objective. Reading 1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development 2.0 Reading Comprehension

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Of Mice and Men

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  1. Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck

  2. Modern Movie The Novel Pictures

  3. To understand the historical background to this novel. • Time Period • Author • Setting • Literary Movement Objective

  4. Reading1.0 Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development • 2.0 Reading Comprehension • 3.0 Literary Response and Analysis • Literary Criticism • 3.9 Analyze the philosophical arguments presented in literary works to determine whether the authors' positions have contributed to the quality of each work and the credibility of the characters. (Philosophical approach) • Writing1.0 Writing Strategies State Standards

  5. Daily Discussions • Reading Logs and Say/Mean/Matters • Reading Quizzes • Vocabulary Development • In-Class Essay • Final Project – to be incorporated with other readings Assessments

  6. Pause Slide Show and write your response to these questions. Discuss with class before resuming. • What does it mean to be a true friend? • Why are people treated differently because they defy the status quo? (ex: mental/physical handicaps, gender, race, religion, status, sexual preference, etc.) • What are the consequences of stereotyping? Essential Questions and Understandings

  7. Understandings • Being a true friend requires unconditional love and support; although, life’s many obstacles can test our boundaries. • Stereotyping is a social dynamic, where there is typically a ‘weaker’ being; it may cause internal and external conflicts.

  8. Roosevelt is President of the United States. • Dust Storm Strikes West and Midwest • Economy enters a second depression • The "little steel strike" shuts down dozens of plants in seven states affecting 90,000 workers • Chrysler Strike pulls 63,000 off production lines Time PeriodWhat was going on in 1937?

  9. The Great General Motors Strike starts and spreads to six states pulling 45,000 men off production lines • From Dawn to Sunset- a film created by General Motors that celebrates American industry and the industrial worker. Made during the decade's most intense anti-industrial protests 1937 continued…

  10. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck was published  • July 2: Amelia Earhart's plane goes down some 35-100 miles off the coast of Howland Island. She is presumed to have died attempting to be the first woman to fly around the world • NY Yankees d. NY Giants (4-1)to win World Series 1937 continued…

  11. January 24 Goering orders Heydrich to organize emigration of Jews still residing in Germany. • On January 27 Chancellor Hitler demands return of German colonies • Hitler formally abrogates the Treaty of Versailles. • A decision is made that all German colored children are to be illegally sterilized. 1937 continued…

  12. April 11 A new order from the German Ministry of the Interior deprives all Jews of municipal citizenship • Most historians agree the second "world war" started in 1937 or in 1939. The most commonly accepted date is either September 1st or 3rd, 1939. 1937 continued…

  13. John Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech1962 • "Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it and it has not changed except to become more needed. The skalds, the bards, the writers are not separate and exclusive. From the beginning, their functions, their duties, their responsibilities have been decreed by our species...the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man's proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit - for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature." -

  14. The older Steinbeck The younger Steinbeck John Steinbeck

  15. John Ernest Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, on February 27, 1902 of German and Irish ancestry. • During summers he worked as a hired hand on nearby ranches, nourishing his impression of the California countryside and its people. • Steinbeck attended Stanford University. • He was an English major (whoo hoo!) Biographical Information

  16. He left Stanford permanently in 1925 to pursue his writing career in New York. • It was not until he went back to California that he was able to publish his work. • During World War II, Steinbeck was a war correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. • Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962 Continued…

  17. Throughout his life John Steinbeck remained a private person who shunned publicity. • He died December 20, 1968, in New York City and is survived by his third wife, Elaine (Scott) Steinbeck and one son, Thomas. Continued…

  18. The Grapes of Wrath (1939) • Cannery Row (1945) • The Pearl (1947) • East of Eden (1952) Other Works by John Steinbeck

  19. Salinas, California in 1937 Salinas, California today Setting of OMM

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