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OF MICE AND MEN

by John Steinbeck

 

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Building Prior Knowledge with Nonfiction Culminating Activities
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Building Prior Knowledge with Nonfiction

Below are links to nonfiction articles related to Of Mice and Men.  I have created a reading activity for each article.

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Why Read John Steinbeck? -- found at the Center for Steinbeck Studies

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Why Read John Steinbeck 3-2-1 Chart (PDF)

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A Short History of the Great Depression -- found at Search Beat

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A Short History of the Great Depression Anticipation Guide (PDF)

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An Introduction to Mental Retardation -- found at Smiling With Hope Foundation

 
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What is Mental Retardation -- found at Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

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Directed Reading - Thinking Activity Chart for Mental Retardation (PDF) -- Any of the above articles on mental retardation will work with this activity.  I suggest changing the subtitles of the article from a question to a statement since part of the activity requires students to ask questions.

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The Migrant Experience -- found at the Library of Congress

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The Migrant Experience Vocabulary Preview (PDF)

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Do What You Love by Tony Hawk -- found at National Public Radio: This I Believe

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A Duty to Family, Heritage, and Country by Ying Ying Yu -- found at National Public Radio

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What is the American Dream? -- found at the Library of Congress

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This I Believe (PDF) -- All of the above essays are necessary for this activity.

 

Lesson Plans and Study Guides

Below are links to lesson plans and study guides for Of Mice and Men.

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Handicaps Chart (PDF) (Lennie, Crooks, Candy, Curley's wife) -- for use after chapter 4

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Of Mice and Men: The Student Survival Guide -- found at Belmont High School

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This is an excellent site with vocabulary, allusions, idioms, very brief chapter summaries, and more.

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Of Mice and Men Note Taker -- found at Freeology.com

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This a great graphic organizer with a map, room for the author, people, places, and things. 

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Here is the answer key for it.

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Of Mice and Men: Back in Time -- found at Anne Arundel County Public Schools

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This is a 10th grade webquest.

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Of Mice and Men: Reading Strategies and Unit Plan -- found at Novel Links

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This is a great collection of materials for the novel, including an anticipation guide, graphic organizers, sample QAR questions, and more.

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Of Mice and Men Factsheet -- found at English Resources

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Here is an excellent resource with a brief overview of Steinbeck, the setting migrant farm workers, the American dream, and the title.

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Of Mice and Men Character Worksheet -- found at English Resources

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This resource contains a list of characters, plot outline, and quotes about the characters. 

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John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men -- found at The English Page

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This is a list of resources for the novel, including a sound bite of the introduction of the book read by Gary Sinise, who plays George in one of the movie productions.  It also contains a sound bite of Robert Burns's poem, To a Mouse.

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To a Mouse -- found at the World Burns Club

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This is Robert Burns's poem, from which Steinbeck got his title for Of Mice and Men.  This page contains the original and a standard English translation.

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Literary Map for Of Mice and Men -- found at The English Page

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Here is an easy to read map of California with novel locations highlighted in red.

 

 

Culminating Activities

Below are links to activities and lesson plans that relate to Of Mice and Men.

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What is the American Dream? -- found at the Library of Congress

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After reading Of Mice and Men, and the above essay, have the students write essays about their own "American Dreams."

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The American Dream: Exploring the Possibilities -- found at Scholastic

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A trio of lessons on the American Dream

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Of Mice and Men: The Theme of Loneliness -- found at English Resources

This resource has suggestions for a lengthy essay on the them of loneliness in the novel.

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