Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck Whole Class Activity and Discussion
I remember reading Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck a LOOOOONG time ago. Only this year, after fifteen years in the profession, have I decided to teach it and take it to TRIAL.
We are using (1) a prepared study guide (I usually like to use one I create) to take us through the book; (2) some in class small group discussions to keep us up on the plot, characterization, conflicts, etc; (3) two powerpoint driven symbolism & theme exercises (4) a MOCK TRIAL activity; (5) and a follow up WRAP UP Discussion to debrief ourselves not only from the TRIAL but from the books – all of them – that we read this year.
- The study guide we used.
- Some thoughts on the Plot development, Main & Secondary Characters, and Conflicts.
- Some notes on Symbolism and Theme.
- The Mock Trials.
- What could we have done better? How could I make this experience – THE Of Mice and Men UNIT as a whole – more valuable for students in the future?
- Wrap Up & Debrief.