High School
English Language Arts

Teaching Of Mice and Men

Although this book is not in the high school curriculum where I teach, I refer to it every year in my 9th and 12th grade classes. It is a perfect text to use when teaching about foreshadowing and I often ask students if they predicted Lennie's death at the hands of his best friend. There are hundreds of resources for teaching this text; here are some useful and fun ones.
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Teaching Of Mice and Men
  • Teacher's Guide

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    teachervision.com
    Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is a comprehensive guide to teaching the book. It includes an introduction to the author, prereading ideas, suggested activities, post-reading prompts, and writing assignments. The questions and assignments can be modified for your individual students' needs.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    I like how this site includes a structure to teaching the novel: standards, assessment, and curriculum and instruction. In addition, there are questions regarding the moral and legal ramifications in the text, the effect of setting and time period, character and conflict prompts and a study of enduring themes.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    What I really like about this site are the graphics that include big ideas, enduring outcomes, and essential questions because they are transferable to other texts. In addition, the instructional blueprint is valuable for first timers and veteran teachers of the text. Finally, it includes a compare/contrast essay with a rubric.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    This is a fun post-reading activity for students especially if they plan on creating their own short rendition of a scene or chapter in the book. These students do not provide great depth in terms of character analysis, but watching the video will give you ideas for a potential project in your class. I suggest including a written rubric or checklist that will guide the students in their discussion.
  • Melissa Mirabello says:
    If you plan on using critical lenses or approaches to analyze this text, here is a great example of how a video can be used instead of an essay to demonstrate student understanding. The pictures and audio in this video depict a careful examination of the text and bring life to the characters and conflict in a relatable fashion.
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    Movie Review

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    Melissa Mirabello says:
    Should a book be made into a movie? This is a perennial question in most English classes. I like to share movie reviews with my students and then ask them to critique the author's points, agree/disagree, and write about what they think the author "missed" in his/her review. Here is a sample movie review. Of course, it helps if the students have viewed the movie prior to reading the review. After reading the text, showing the movie is a nice perk :)
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