Students Visualize, Discuss, and Analyze Context Connecting a Novel with Its Author's Life and his World
How might loneliness or the fear of it motivate or influence a person’s choices? What happens when a person is forced to give up on their dreams? What makes the migrant lifestyle difficult? What parallels exist between the expectations and actions of women portrayed in the resources and modern society? Context-based questions give students the framework for a deeper analysis and understanding of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
- Six discussion activities
- Ten text analysis activities
- Alignment to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Each Discussion Activity:
- Provides background and a discussion question
- Includes multiple resource texts (informational)
- Presents related excerpts from the novel
- Is three to four reproducible pages
Each Text Analysis Activity:
- Provides a quotation from the novel
- Presents three differentiated prompts that pertain to the quotation
- Contains a personal reflection prompt, a critical-thinking prompt, and a literary analysis prompt
- Is one reproducible page
- Historical world events that occurred during the author's early life
- Key events of John Steinbeck’s life before the publication of Of Mice and Men
- Selected quotations from Of Mice and Men
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Set includes one Print Book and one Poster.
Print Book: Spiral-bound. 8 x 11 inches. Reproducible. 40 pages.
Poster: 13 x 38 inches. Laminated.
About the Author
Allison Peterson has long loved reading, writing, and helping others. While earning her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, deciding to pursue a degree in secondary English education was easy. Twelve years later, teaching has taken her from Michigan to Colorado to the Republic of Kosovo, and now, to Vietnam. Living abroad has allowed for extensive travel—29 countries and counting. Allison seeks out adventures involving the outdoors, cooking, language, and other new experiences. In December 2016, Allison completed a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, and has since transitioned from classroom teaching to workplace development and training. Allison has been a freelance curriculum writer for four years and enjoys sharing the skills she honed as a teacher with other teachers, and focusing on fostering student agency and enthusiasm toward the curriculum.
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