This amazing bundle is a comprehensive, 5-week set of instructional materials for teaching Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. With over 70+ Common Core aligned resources, students will deeply engage with the novel and develop their literacy skills through close-reading analyses, argumentative writing, background knowledge-building activities and pre-reading lessons, a project that connects the novel to an inquiry of the American Dream, vocabulary, assessments, text-based essays, and more. The suite includes over 250+ pages to help you implement an engaging, rigorous, and thorough ELA unit. The set includes:
Pre-Reading Resources: The pre-reading resources will help your students understand the key settings and time periods that shape the novel. They will aid students’ comprehension by providing information about the context in which the novel’s events take place. Rather than wondering about what characters are talking about, they will become their own experts.
Of Mice and Men: Chapter Analysis, Novel Study, Discussion Questions, Answer Key: The 6 chapter analysis assignments and 6 comprehension guides provide a framework for students to complete a deep analysis of each chapter in Of Mice and Men. Each assignment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. They are designed not only to have students practice literary skills but also demonstrate their comprehension of the text. The literary analysis comes in two formats – PDF and Google Slides – and could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class literacy discussions for each chapter. You can choose the purpose that best suits your students and your classroom.
Literary Activities and Argumentative Writing: Each chapter of the novel is filled with opportunities for literary analysis. The literary lessons focus on a particular skill with students engaging in a close examination of the text to develop their proficiency in that skill. Each assignment requires students to use textual evidence to support their claims. The argumentative writing exercises and resources will develop your students’ ability to make a claim, support that claim with evidence, and acknowledge opposing views. For each chapter, a debatable situation is presented. Students weigh which side they want to argue and then write an essay to support their view. A checklist of argumentative writing elements will help guide them along the way. A rubric for grading is included.
American Dream Project: The American Dream project provides an inquiry-based approach for students to engage at a deeper level with Of Mice and Men. Through a deep examination of what the American Dream means today, students will have the opportunity to synthesize the novel’s key themes and understand its relevance to the world around them. The comprehensive set of materials will help you guide your students through several, unique experiences that will develop numerous critical-thinking skills, such as researching, investigating, creating, and presenting, among others.
Of Mice and Men: Test, Quizzes, Essays, Answer Keys: After students complete the pre-reading activities, chapter analyses, close reading assignments, argumentative writing exercises, the American Dream project, vocabulary assignments, and more, they will know Of Mice and Men inside and out. The Common Core aligned assessments will then help you measure your students’ comprehension of the text and their ability to apply the literary skills taught throughout the unit. The materials include 6 mini-quizzes, 2 comprehension quizzes, 1 final literary assessment, and essays. Answer keys are included for all materials.
Of Mice and Men: Vocabulary, Crossword Puzzles, Quizzes, Answer Key: Teaching vocabulary is an important part of any lesson. This vocabulary suite is a great way to help students learn, acquire, and use new words they will encounter in Of Mice and Men. The resources include crossword puzzles, quizzes, and activities for each chapter. The materials will assist students as they learn and use new words while providing engaging activities to have them practice applying those words in academic settings. It will maximize their vocabulary expansion based on the challenging words the resources identify from each part of the novel.