Of Mice and Men Constructed Responses and Higher Order Thinking Questions

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These 10 Constructed Response writing assignments ask your students to engage in Higher Order Thinking and respond in writing to a standards-based prompt. Included are 10 printable handouts that you can use TODAY!

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Chapters 1 and 2: Three prompts on lined handouts based on these standards: CCSS RL11-12.6 (Point of View, Literal vs. Figurative Meanings), RL11-12.3 (Elements of a Story), and RL 11-12.1 (Inference/Explicit Textual Evidence)

Chapters 3 and 4: Three prompts on lined handouts based on these standards: CCSS 11-12.2 (Themes), and 11-12.5 (Text Structure), and 11-12.3.

Chapters 5 and 6: Three prompts on lined handouts based on these standards: CCSS 11-12.1, 11-12.2, 11-12.5.

The Novel as a Whole: One prompt on a lined handout based on this standard: CCSS 11-12.4 (Words and Phrases)

Constructed Response Easy Grade Rubric

This resource has been designed specifically to make your planning easier and more efficient:

*Two formats for you to choose from: Full-page response (One prompt per page with lines) or ½ page responses (three prompts printed double sided with lines for each prompt.)

*Use all of these constructed responses or select the ones that best fit your teaching plan.

*Write more, grade less: One possible usage is to assign all three constructed responses following the reading of the designated chapters and then have students select one of them to finalize for submission and your feedback.

*You may choose to have your students write the first one in partners, the second one in class (and then partner share), and then write the third one individually (either in class or at home or a combination of the two.)

*The final response introduces the literary concept of motif. The definition of motif is found at the top of the page, just under the constructed response prompt.

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Product Tags: Writing, Constructed Response, Higher Order Thinking, HOT, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
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21 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.


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