This packet includes things for students to focus on when annotating John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. These annotations are meant to reinforce the students’ understanding of how characterization, setting, motif, plot, and conflict contribute to Steinbeck’s overall theme, specifically his arguments about human nature and society.
Each chapter has its own annotation requirements as well as a written assessment of the student’s reading, annotating, and understanding of the chapter. The annotations should be used to respond to the assessment’s prompt, the idea being that the better and more thorough one’s annotations are, the easier it will be to respond to the prompt. The class then discusses the annotations, their response to the prompt, and the chapter in general. While their initial written responses are taken for a grade, the students can opt to revise their original paragraphs for a second grade after the discussion and after their originals are returned graded.
A reading quiz and key is also included for chapters 5-6.
I also have other products available for Of Mice and Men, including historical background notes with blanks for students to fill in as they follow along.