This is an introductory activity for Of Mice and Men, taught before students start reading the book.
The classroom activity will familiarize students with the main themes of the novel via kinetic class polling and discussion. The thematic statements used in the discussion are presented on a PowerPoint that will engage visual learners.
The questions are designed to be thought provoking, so the discussions can get heated. Because of the kinetic aspect of the student polling, students often refer to this activity as a "game" even though it is just another form of discussion! Once you've done this activity once, don't be surprised if students start asking you to "play the red card, green card game" again.
Included with your download:
- An Image-rich PowerPoint
- A Lesson Plan and Guide for Using Materials
- A Lesson Reflection Worksheet for Closure
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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:
- This anticipatory activity
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- 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
- A 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