One of the shifts in the Common Core State Standards is the focus on informational texts. As English teachers, many of us tend to overlook rich non-fiction that exists because fiction is such an important mainstay of our field. This lesson specifically focuses on the informational text standards, but it ties in with a beloved classic of literature, Of Mice and Men.
This lesson provides students with background about migrant workers and asks students to read contemporary news and magazine articles on the topic. The ideas from the non-fiction articles can segue into discussions about Of Mice and Men, or the lesson can stand alone.
- The Migrant Workers Lesson Plan
- A List of Rich Non-Fiction Articles on Migrant Workers
- A Non-Fiction Informational Text Worksheet that can be applied to any number of non-fictional texts
- A Migrant Workers PowerPoint and Lecture (featuring depression-era migrant photographs by Dorothea Lange)
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This lesson is also available as part of our comprehensive
Of Mice and Men Complete Unit Bundle (click here)
Included in our full unit bundle is:
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- An entertaining slang game related to Of Mice and Men, complete with printables and PowerPoint answer key
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on characterization
- An analytical group work lesson on chapter four where students analyze the "outsiders" who are alienated by the other characters
- A lesson, worksheet, and "Teacher's Key" on Robert Burns' poem "To A Mouse" and its relationship to Of Mice and Men
- A group work "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson that encourages students to consider different expert disciplinary perspectives
- This non-fiction lesson devoted to the idea of the migrant workers
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support