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Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck. A little information about the author. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r02N-SM4atE. The American Dream . What is the American Dream? Does it still exist? What is your American Dream? Worksheet Did you already send it in?. Anticipation Guide.

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of mice and men

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

a little information about the author
A little information about the author
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r02N-SM4atE
the american dream
The American Dream
  • What is the American Dream?
  • Does it still exist?
  • What is your American Dream? Worksheet
  • Did you already send it in?
anticipation guide
Anticipation Guide
  • Fill out just the chart at the top, and just the before reading column.
  • Let’s discuss.
    • Some of these seem very simple. Silly even. But . . . This book is going to move us into some gray areas. Not everything is black and white.
themes in of mice and men
Themes in Of Mice and Men
  • There are several big themes in this tiny little novella!
  • The Great Depression
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Sexism
  • Racism
  • Other issues important to this book:
  • Censorship and book banning
  • Early critiques of OMAM
group project
Group Project
  • Find out what your topic of research is from Mrs. Russell-Read.
  • Go to PHSiTeach, find documents, and then find the document that applies to your topic.
    • Summarize what you have learned and create a keynote of 3 panels. Share the most important information from what you learned.
    • 4th panel: What did you find to be the most powerful, surprising, or painful thing you learned from this document/website/power point? Why?
    • 5th panel: How do you think this applies to the novel Of Mice and Men?
    • Send it to me!
    • Be prepared to have your group present. I expect to see everyone in your group sharing this job.
day 2
Day 2
  • Finish presentations
  • Discuss Chapter 1
    • What themes are we already seeing develop?
    • John Steinbeck’s signature style of writing is present in chapter 1. Heavy descriptions of the land. Where do we see this?
    • Describe our 2 main characters.
    • It was pretty rare for anyone to travel with a companion under these conditions. Why do you think George and Lennie stay together?
    • George and Lennie in popular culture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JlVqfC8-UI
    • Tell me about the rabbits, George:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24-zvMyxNAo
  • Chapter 2
    • Continue to look for evidence of the themes. Underline, highlight, write notes (anything you feel needs to be noted – personal thoughts, ideas, observations). Of course, don’t WRITE or MARK in a borrowed book. Keep notes for yourself with page numbers.
    • Also tab or mark anything that stands out to you that you would like to discuss further. Especially write down any questions that pop up as you read.
    • This is information that will be used in the future for Socratic Circle AND an essay.
chapter 2
Chapter 2
  • Note: opening description of bunk house
  • We meet Candy (minor theme of ageism – possible topic)
  • What do we usually mean when we say the word “buck”? How is it used in this chapter? (pg 25)
  • Why does the boss think George is taking Lennie’s pay? (pg 28)
  • Although George is protective of Lennie, he is also very, very cruel to him. Why?
  • Curley’s descripton pg 31
chapter 2 continued
Chapter 2 continued
  • Napoleon complex? Know what it is? Pg 33
  • Foreshadowing: pg 34
  • Curley’s wife: pg 34 and several references
  • Page 37-38, George warns Lennie and tries to prepare him for Curley
  • Page 39 – 41: meet Curley’s wife, George warns Lennie about her, too
  • How do they handle having too many puppies?
  • What is inspiring Lennie to stay out of trouble?
respond on a separate piece of paper
Respond on a separate piece of paper:
  • “Man himself has become our greatest hazard and our only hope.” Write a response to this quote. What do you think the writer is saying here? How is this statement true or relevant to our world today?
  • A full paragraph, please.
john steinbeck
John Steinbeck
  • Brief biography
  • http://www.biography.com/people/john-steinbeck-9493358
  • Nobel Prize acceptance speech:
  • http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=1303
summarizing activity
Summarizing Activity
  • Write a bio-poem for John Steinbeck. Write it below your paragraph.
  • Bio-poem example:
  • http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson398/biopoem.pdf
  • Finish Bio-poem
  • Read Chapter 3
day 3 after reading ch 3 pg 48
Day 3 (after reading Ch. 3) pg 48
  • Lennie gets promised a puppy. So now what is the problem?
  • Why has George stopped pulling pranks on Lennie?
  • A young girl claims that she was “raped” by Lennie? Let’s discuss why she would say that. (Very innocent, ignorant young girls)
  • Candy’s dog is “suffering.” Why do we put animals “out of their misery?” Why is it so hard for Candy to see his dog’s misery? How did you feel during this portion of the story?
  • Was the result of this scene a necessary evil?
chapter 3 cont
Chapter 3 cont.
  • The stable hand has a name: Crooks
  • Crooks expresses concern for Lennie handling the puppies.
  • How do most of the men handle their money? How do they spend it?
  • Why is Candy so eager to join George and Lennie in their American Dream? What has happened to his own dream? (Like most everyone else’s)
  • Aaaannnnnd. . . The smackdown with Curley happened. Notice all of the words describing Lennie that are animal-like.
  • How does Slim get Curley to agree to keep quiet?
do in class finish for homework if necessary
Do in class (finish for homework if necessary)
  • Read “Johnny Bear” by John Steinbeck (in iTeach documents)
  • This story was written as a precursor to Of Mice and Men
  • How many similar themes can you find that the 2 stories share?
  • Choose two of the strongest themes and identify and chart them on the handout. Turn the chart in when you are finished. It is homework if you don’t get it finished. You may work with a partner if you like, but both people turn in an assignment.
homework for 9 17 18
Homework for 9/17-18
  • Read chapter 4 (finish book by 9/25-26)
  • Finish “Johnny Bear” assignment
  • Still waiting on some John Steinbeck bio-poems to be turned in. You have a grade if you turned it in already. 2B: I do have one turned in that is typed, but without a name. If that is you, email me!
looking to the future
Looking to the future. . .
  • Next class you should have the book finished.
  • There will be little discussion about the ending. Save that for 2 blocks from now. We will focus on preparing for a Socratic Circle.
  • In two blocks we will do a Socratic Circle (duh!).
  • In three blocks we will be writing essays. You will focus on ONE theme found in the book and explain how Steinbeck develops that theme over the course of the novel.
common themes in js stories
Common Themes in JS stories
  • What did you find?
  • What else is similar in the stories?
  • Did you understand the ending? Why did Miss Amy commit suicide? Why did the guy hit Johnny Bear when he started talking?
  • Can you answer these questions? If you don’t feel sure, check with someone else before turning your assignment in. I will review this when we meet next.
chapter 4 do not write these answers jut be able to answer them
Chapter 4 (Do not write these answers, jut be able to answer them!)
  • Let’s talk about Crooks. Describe him, his room, his attitude about people and his job.
  • Curley’s wife shows up in Crooks’ room. She calls them out for being scared. Why?
  • Crooks, Candy, and Curley’s wife all have something in common. What is it?
  • She also threatens Crooks. Let’s discuss.
  • After Crooks had been so hopeful about his future, the chapter ends on a sour note for him. Why?
important things to note
Important things to note:
  • Crooks is lonely and bitter. Being black means that he can only be part of some things, and never fully part of anything. As the only black person in the area, he has no one.
  • All of these secondary characters are extremely lonely. Their place in life keeps them from being part of the bigger community. (racism, sexism, ageism)
  • Curley’s wife ranks higher than Crooks in this society.
  • Crooks wants no part in a world that won’t let him forget that he is black.
poem song lyrics
Poem/Song Lyrics
  • With a partner, read through (listen if you like) the poem and song. (This is a handout-ask the sub.)
  • Compare the message of the two pieces to characters in the book.
  • Create a 4-6 (2-3 each) slide Keynote explaining how these pieces relate to OMAM.
  • Email to me! (Put both of your names on it!)
  • Be prepared to present next class.
finish reading the book
Finish reading the book!
  • If you do, then I will wait until you graduate and then I will jump you in a dark alley and steal your lunch money. I’m terrible at beating people up (I assume) so don’t make me do this.
let s recap
Let’s Recap . . .
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/prosemicemen/