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 the first half of chapter 5. I divided the chapter into two lessons because I assign the reading of the chapter prior to the lesson, but this is not needed to complete the activity because the questions are based on the passages provided.
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. However, for this activity, I assigned students into three groups: the weakest readers worked with me, the on level readers worked in a group together, and the advanced readers worked independently. After an allotted time, each group presented the work to engage in a class discussion.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. Print.