This characterization lesson is specifically designed to address the Common Core literary standard about character development. There are a number of ways to customize this lesson to make it work in your class.
You can use the worksheets as independent practice or as group work and you can create a group jigsaw activity that allows students to investigate multiple characters in the book. In addition, you can choose to narrow this lesson to a condensed version that can be taught in a couple of days, or you can expand the lesson to cover five or six days of instruction.
Although the lesson plan specifically addresses Of Mice and Men, these characterization worksheets can easily work with other fictional texts as well.
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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:
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- An entertaining slang game related to Of Mice and Men, complete with printables and PowerPoint answer key
- This 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