Mon: (day 1) Writing 1: We will discuss important relationships and the elements necessary for a mutually beneficial or "win-win" relationship. We will also write an essay about mutual relationships: possible examples: a relationship you currently have or have had with person / a mutual between two people you know / details of the necessary elements/ traits/ characteristics of a successful mutual relationship.
Theme • Relationships serve many purposes Essential Questions • What are the benefits of having relationships? • Are all relationships equal? • How do relationships support our lives? • What are the trade-offs in relationships? • What determines the relationships we have? • How does class, religion, race, and culture determine our relationships? • What place does a dream/ vision have in one's life/ relationships?
Fri: (day 10) Read aloud pp. 17-37. Dream Chart: Of Mice and Men Character Charts: Of Mice and Men
Essay Question 2: Why is George worrying about having trouble with Curley? Answer Plan: 1. Restate the question to introduce the answer. 2. Provide plausible reasons for George's fears. 3. Predict what will happen.
Mon: (Day 11) Read aloud pp. 38-65. Focus for Listening: Listen for the events and exchanges in this section that may foreshadow what will happen later in the novel. Foreshadowing: Review foreshadowing--what might the "mercy" killing of Candy's dog foreshadow?
Essay Question 2: The author details events and exchanges between characters that seem to foreshadow what will happen later in the novel. Summarize the important events of this section. Answer Plan: 1. In one sentence, introduce the question's topic. 2. Detail the events that may foreshadow what will happen later in the novel.
Tues: (Day 12) Read aloud pp. 66-83. Focus for Listening: What is Crook's attitude toward life?
Essay Question 3: What is Crooks' attitude toward life?
Choral Reading #3, p. 74
Wed: (Day 13) Prior to the reading, students will write a prediction about what will happen between Lennie and Curley's wife. Students are asked to back up their predictions with evidence. They should be able to identify the clues the author has placed throughout the story that have let the reader know what is going to happen before it happens. This Author's Craft technique is foreshadowing.
Read aloud pp. 84-98; Focus for listening Verify your predictions. Take mental notes of anything to be clarified.
Thurs- Fri (Day 14-15) Have students make a prediction as to how the story will be resolved. Then have students record their thoughts in a Quick Write. Read final section aloud. pp. 99-107
Essay Question 4: Why did he have to do it? Answer Plan: 1. Restate the question to introduce the answer. 2. Provide plausible reasons for George's actions. 3. Conclude with a summary.
Terms Harlem Renaissance Imagism Onomatopoeia Dialect Loss of innocence Alienation Parody Anti-hero "Make it New!" Slice of life
Mercy Killing: Discuss George's actions at the end of the story. How can we justify what he does to Lennie? How can we condemn it? Dreams: What is the importance of dreams in Of Mice and Men? What role do they play in people's lives? How do people use dreams, and how do various characters' dreams affect them? Foreshadowing: Of Mice and Men is often studied as an example of "foreshadowing" in literature. What important actions and plot points are foreshadowed? How do these important events differ from the events that foreshadow them? How does foreshadowing help us understand the important turning points in the novella? How does Steinbeck foreshadow the pivotal events of the book? What does this effect do for the tone of the book? Friendship and Loneliness: How does Steinbeck portray friendship in Of Mice and Men? How does its presence or absence affect different characters, in their actions and in their relationships? What does it require of people, and what does it offer them in return? Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men seem lonely. Why are various characters lonely, and how does it affect them? Discuss the book's view of relationships between men. Setting: How does the setting of Of Mice and Men influence the book's thematic development? In answering, consider the connection between the novel's setting and the characters' vocations. Also, how does Steinbeck signal the importance of setting in his choice of place names? Mutualism: In a persuasive essay,explain whether you think the relationship between George and Lennie was a mutually beneficial, win-win relationship. Support your position with specific and relevant details and examples.
Curley's wife: Is she a sympathetic or an unsympathetic character? Is Steinbeck's portrayal of her fair or is it misogynist? Analyze Steinbeck's portrayal of Curley's wife as the lone female on the all-male ranch. Nature: Discuss Steinbeck's descriptions of the natural world. What role does nature play in the novella's symbolism? Of Mice and Men opens and closes in a natural setting. The chapters in between take place in various man-made settings - the bunk house, the barn, Crooks' room. Why does Steinbeck organize the novel in this way? In general, what does he propose about the relationship between man and nature? Power: Think about different characters in Of Mice and Men, and the power that they have. What different kinds of power do different characters have? Where does it come from? What do they do with it? How does it help them, or hurt them? Impairments: Several of the characters in Of Mice and Men display physical and mental impairments. Identify and describe these characters. How do these impairments influence or reflect these characters' roles in the novel? Crooks: Consider the scene in Crooks' room. How does Steinbeck characterize Crooks and the others, and how does the conversation in the chapter play out in the context of the novel as a whole? Appropriateness for School: Of Mice and Men has a controversial history. School boards have repeatedly chosen not to use it. Why might they have chosen to pass over this book? Is such an action justified? Consider both the language and the content. Discrimination: Look at the various examples of discrimination in Of Mice and Men. How does discrimination affect different characters? How do characters respond to discrimination, and how does it affect their lives, and the outcome of the story?
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Artists Robert Frost Langston Hughes John Steinbeck
Poets: xxxRobert Frost xxxWilliam Carlos Williams xxxe e cummings xxxLangston Hughes
On-Going Literacy Development for Of Mice and Men Student Goal Setting and Self-Evaluation Strategies Maintain writing portfolio Reflect on selected journal entry Reflect on two pieces of unit writing that represent best effort Daily Fluency Reading Engage in partner reading Participate in choral reading Writing Respond with quickwrites Vocabulary Development idioms dialect-era of depression academic vocabulary Writing Strategies process writing vivid description appropriate language for the audience Grammar Skills elements of dialogue parts of speech editing conventions