Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
1. We will begin with a study of the poem from which Steinbeck borrowed the title of his novella, "To A Mouse " by Robert Burns. Once we read the poem, you will mark your copy for language that helps to develop the themes:
A. Respect Earth and Its Creatures
B. Foolproof Plans Can Go Awry
2. We will discuss poem as a class and then you will write a commentary of 500-750 words using the poem and your markings. As with the commentary over the passage from The Secret Life of Bees, this commentary will be done largely in class. Due Date: 13 Oct 2014 (Drop)
3. The novel is very short (it is actually a novella) You will read it outside of class and then we will have in-class discussions over many of the themes, characters, events, etc. The book must be read by 24 September.
4. The Literary Analysis Questions will be answered on your own as well. They must be completed and brought hard copy to class on 1 October so you will be ready to participate in class discussion. (Hard Copy)
5. The Theme of Loneliness (in-class assignment): Use the Internet information linked below and your own paper to answer these questions specifically related to LONELINESS:
A. Every character exhibits loneliness to some extent. Examine the following characters and supply the reason for each character's despair. Make sure each answer is at least 3-5 sentences long and you supply evidence from the text to prove your answer.
B. Use the internet site listed below to view five images of loneliness. For each image associate a character from the novel and defend your reasoning for your choices. Your defense must be at least one 5-7 sentence paragraph for each picture. You can only use a character once. Due Date: 6 Oct 2014 (Drop)
6. Quizlet Literary Terms Study (quizzes on-going during semster).
7. We will view “Of Mice and Men” DVD in class; students will complete a viewing guide prompting them to compare similarities and differences from the movie and book. Video Viewing Guide . Due 17 Oct 2014 (Hard Copy)
8. Finally, you will write an essay over the prompt below: Your essay must be 500-1000 words in length.
In Of Mice and Men, many of the events almost seem inevitable, (the reader can almost see it coming or, at least, is not surprised by the event). In an essay of 500-1000 words, explain Steinbeck’s use of foreshadowing in Of Mice and Men. You must cite at least three specific foreshadowed events from the novella. Due Date: 20 Oct 2014 (Drop).
Helpful Site for Of Mice and Men:
Of Mice and Men Student Survival Guide