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The chapter analysis provides a framework for students to complete a deep literary analysis for every chapter of Of Mice and Men. If you're looking for a comprehensive unit and suite of materials for Of Mice and Men that INCLUDES this resource, check out Of Mice and Men: Novel Unit, Pre-Reading Lessons, American Dream Project & More!.
This resource will allow you to differentiate for your students and meet the needs of a diverse set of learners. The assignments are also aligned to the Common Core State Standards. If you're looking for assessment materials aligned to this resource, check out Of Mice and Men: Test, Quizzes, Essays, Answer Keys.
For each chapter, there is a comprehension guide to help students identify important events and a literary analysis to develop critical, close reading skills that will help them understand the novel’s complexities. The unique sets of questions not only scaffold chapter comprehension but also give the opportunity to practice deep, thematic analysis.
This resource is also technology friendly! It can be utilized in classrooms where computers or tablets are central to instruction because the resource has been adapted for digital completion. The resource includes links for students to complete the assignments in either Google Drive™ or Google Classroom™. With these links, you can have students complete their work online. All they will have to do is create a text box! There are links for every student work page (not assessments), making the format friendly not only for technology but also trees. The resources include:
Chapter Analysis: For the novel Of Mice and Men, this document can offer several different uses. It could supply homework, facilitate guided reading groups, or stimulate whole class reading analysis and discussion for each chapter. The document has 12 assignments – two for each chapter of the book - and each assignment includes 11 questions aligned to CCSS ELA skills, such as:
• Identifying main idea and support using details from the text
• Identifying and analyzing parts of plot – how elements of a story interact
• Identify conflict and types of conflict
• Analyze how conflict affects characters and creates suspense
• Analyze character and make inferences about character motivation
• Identify and analyze symbols for their deeper meaning
• Identify themes of the text and explain the lesson learned
• Analyze the effectiveness of flashbacks and foreshadowing
• Analyze setting for mood and conflict
• Identify and analyze point of view
• Identify irony and the effectiveness of irony
• Make inferences based on textual evidence
• Analyze tone and determine the meaning of words, phrases, and figurative language
Visualization Section: Each assignment also sees students identifying an example of figurative language and drawing a visualization of their example. This is a great way to have students use their imagination but also get them to “see” what the author is trying to convey. NOTE: Modified for digital format.
Answer Key: The key provides potential answers for every question asked in every assignment. This includes comprehension questions and analytic questions. Of course, not all analytic questions have just one answer. Part of the strength of the analysis question is the room they leave for students to demonstrate their unique thinking. Therefore, use the answers at your discretion but know they provide a solid foundation for the type of performance that makes for quality work.
The entire resource and its inclusive set of questions allow for multiple potential uses based on your determination about when and where it would be most helpful, either in-class or for homework. All aspects of the assignments, though, are aligned to the Common Core State Standards in order for students to have ample opportunities to practice and demonstrate their knowledge across numerous, essential literary skills.
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