Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is the topic of this 9th grade English unit. During this year-long course, students read five thematically linked novels that explore thematic questions related to identity, beauty, love, family, race, freedom, friendship, and human nature.
This unit plan provides teachers with essential questions, vocabulary, writing prompts and discussion guides and also identifies a set of paired articles that serve to enrich students’ understanding of the topics, symbols, and themes of the novel.
The unit emphasize’s Steinbeck’s portrayal of the “other”: those on the fringes of society. Students explore how the decisions Steinbeck makes about character portrayal help to develop the themes of the novel.
The first five lessons in this unit are provided in this download. Lessons 6-18 are available for free on our website www.matchfishtank.org.