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A great short activity guiding students to close-read a passage from Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men! This challenges students to distinguish between different types of textual evidence used to characterize Curley's wife (use of color, figurative language, physical description, words of others, sexist language, etc.). Finally, students are asked to analyze the effect of Steinbeck's characterization choices and which type of evidence seems most reliable.
To assist with differentiation, two versions of this activity are included: one is of a slightly higher level of analysis.