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Lead your class through John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men with a comprehensive guide. The resource starts out with an anticipation guide and includes a background study guide, vocabulary section with practice, novel guide, and several graphic organizers. The background is separated by topic and the novel guide is organized by chapter. Class members will build a deep understanding of the book with the activities included here.
Individuals make personal connections to the issues raised by Of Mice and Men with a reaction guide. Groups then share, chart, and discuss their responses. At the conclusion of Steinbeck's novel, the groups revisit their charts and compare their initial responses to their post-reading understandings.
As part of their study of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, class members explore the lives of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Groups examine primary and secondary sources to gain an understanding of the travails of men like George Milton and Lennie Small. The class then compares the lives of migrant farm workers of the depression era to those today.
In this Of Mice and Men activity and progress test instructional activity, students respond to a total of 20 multiple choice, matching and fill-in-the-blank questions pertaining to Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
Students analyze images and art of the Great Depression and Great Migration.  In this Of Mice and Men lesson, students view images and art from the Great Depression and Great Migration discuss content, composition, and color.  Student discuss the source of the image and present their findings to the class. This lesson is an introduction to Of Mice and Men, which is set during the Great Depression.
"The best-laid schemes o'mice an' men/Gang aft agley." Snowball groups discuss Robert Burns' "To a Mouse" as part of their study of the first two chapters of Steinbeck's novel. Included with the resource, are links to sites that examine the Great Depression, before and after reading activities, and group improvisation projects.
Class groups prepare a multimedia presentation about a character in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Using a software concept map, they analyze the personality traits of their character and discuss the main ideas and themes of the novel. Each presentation must include a quiz and meet the requirements of the provided rubric.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about John Steinbeck's Of Mice and MenStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about John Steinbeck's Of Mice and MenStudents may check some of their answers online.
Ninth graders review an exercise, after reading most of the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. They demonstrate a range of literary elements such as conflict, symbolism, setting, and foreshadowing. Students also are able to provide examples of these literary terms form the novel Of Mice and Men.
Here's an illustrated Of Mice and Men worksheet that asks readers to respond to five short answer prompts and complete 4 graphic organizers designed to be used prior to reading, while reading, and after reading Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The resource could also be assigned as homework to prepare for whole class or group discussions.
Students investigate the Great Depression era by viewing photographs.  In this U.S. History lesson plan, students read the story Of Mice and Men, and discuss the novel's setting.  Students view a slide-show of dust-bowl era workers and create their own short documentary about the times.
Using a SMART board presentation (provided), your class discusses the characterization of Lenny, George, Curley, Curley's wife, and the farmhands in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. The presentation includes a list of traits for learners to drag to certain characters, as well as pictures that represent each character. The end of the lesson will have them discussing the theme of the story. Teachers need to have a SMART board to use the attached presentation.
By collaborating on producing a product ad and slogan, learning partners demonstrate their understanding of the difference between connotative and denotative language. This week-long activity is designed to be used as an introduction to the connotative words Steinbeck uses to describe his characters in Of Mice and Men
Good worksheets pinpoint key events and get readers thinking about the choices writers make when crafting a story. Here's a good worksheet. Designed to be used with the first chapter of Of Mice and Men, consider having your pupils re-visit these same questions after concluding the novel to see how Steinbeck foreshadows the tragic final chapter.
Cover character development and indirect characterization in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck with a graphic organizer. Class members search through the text and fill out a box for each character. The activity provides some notes for learners to get them started and allows sketch artists to either use images or words to record information. It could be used as a stand-alone activity or as a build up to a larger character study.
Use this handout to focus on the character traits of George and Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. Readers are given a set of specific traits to search for in the first chapter. They are required to list two textual examples of each trait. You might use this as a lead-up activity to a larger project or for an essay on characterization.
Can your class figure out who said what just by looking at a quotation? This activity for Of Mice and Men includes 11 quotations from the novel. Use this quote sheet as a light activity to get your readers to look back into the text or to make educated guesses based on the speech mannerisms and particularities of each character. 
"List reading strategies you have learned that will help you start (and finish) reading a class novel." "What do you like knowing about a novel before you read it?" Although labeled for Of Mice and Men, the prompts included on this worksheet could be used as a pre-reading strategy for any novel. 
Feelings of loneliness and alienation drive the characters in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men. Use this handout to set your class members up for a lesson on these big ideas. In addition to finding a couple of definitions and making a personal connection, readers will track these big ideas as they work through the book. You might adapt this resource to include a chart for easier idea tracking.

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