This lesson is a great way to expose students to close reading strategies without having to read an entire novel! After reading each excerpt, students write a brief analysis of the text citing evidence from the passage to answer the question(s) for each passage.
If you are reading the entire work, these excerpts highlight key points in chapter three. This is a great way for students to work in groups or for small group instruction as the questions and passages range in difficulty and length. At the end of an allotted time, students share their work with the class.
(*Note: Students have read the chapter prior to the lesson, but this is not necessary as all questions are based on the provided passages.)
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.