How Students Can Make a Personal Connection with Of Mice and Men
Using the Document-Based Questions Technique for Literature: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men takes a fresh look at a classic you teach every year. Primary source documents related to the theme and subject of Of Mice and Men, arranged under an overarching unit question and followed by questions, help students make connections between literature and their experiences.
Includes an author biography, historical context, a synopsis of the novel, and a character chart. The Answer Key includes context and extra information about each document so you can enrich your lesson.
Nonfiction, diary entries, poetry, and artwork add historical perspective and create contemporary connections with a classic, which encourage:
- Comprehension and Analysis: Students relate varied genres to the novel, deepening their interaction with the text.
- Reading: Timely and relevant pieces engage student interest.
- Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Evaluation activities involve students in analysis and synthesis of subject and theme.
- Writing: Analytical and creative research questions and writing prompts inspire students to think more critically about the novel and engage with the text. A final essay synthesizes learning and activities.
- Application: Individual and group activities allow students to use their knowledge of the novel in new and exciting ways.
Download the free sample unit located in "Additional Info."
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About the Author
Kristina Janeway is a Pre-AP, GT, and PSAT/Pre-AP English teacher at Terra Vista Middle School in Lubbock, Texas. In her 21-year career, Kristina has had 19 years of experience working with gifted and talented students, as well as Pre-AP, AP, and full-inclusion students in the West Texas area. She has written curriculum for grades seven through twelve, designed an academic vocabulary course for the high school, designed a Pre-AP/PSAT English course for eighth graders, designed a SAT/ACT course for seventh graders in the Duke University Talent Search Program, and designed the seventh and eighth grade GT course.
Kristina completed a master’s degree in Education Administration and holds a Principal’s Certificate. Kristina was the recipient of the Frank and Nancy Newton’s Excellence in Education Award from the Beaumont Foundation in 2010, and the Panhandle South Plains TAGT Teacher of the Year Award for 2014.