This group work activity encourages students to take a close look at chapter four in Of Mice and Men. Because this chapter focuses on the experiences of four alienated characters (Lennie, Crooks, Candy, and Curley's wife), students consider how people become outsiders and how people respond to alienation.
Students begin with an individual quickwrite to elicit universal ideas about outsiders. After discussing student responses about the "big picture," students will begin their text-focused group work. This portion of the lesson works as a "jigsaw" where different groups tackle different characters. In their groups, students analyze aspects of their character and provide quotations to serve as textual support for their ideas. Groups then present their findings to the rest of the class.
Included in this lesson are:
- A detailed lesson plan for implementing the lesson in the classroom
- A PowerPoint version of the quickwrite prompt
- A handout with directions for group work
- A note-taking sheet for students to use during presentations
- A 25-point grading rubric you can use to assess student work
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