This engaging and informative lesson aims to improve students' knowledge and understanding of the character of Curley's Wife in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men: Her dreams, her loneliness, and how her plight is a product of the Great Depression. The lesson also aims to improve students' analytical skills, so that they can demonstrate sustained and sophisticated interpretations of the character.
This pack includes the full lesson presentation, with animations and key information, a double-page worksheet with clear and concise instructions, True and False cards for the starter activity, a writing to analyse help-sheet, and full teacher guidance. The learning journey is clear and progressive, following a pathway of progressively more difficult tasks, including:
- An engaging true or false game to help students understand what life was like for women in the Great Depression;
- A worksheet that enables students to demonstrate understanding of key quotations about Curley's Wife, and also to link Curley's Wife to key themes and ideas.
- Close reading of a modelled analysis paragraph;
- Joint creation of an analysis success criteria;
- An opportunity to answer an exam style question based upon the character of Curley's Wife;
- A chance to peer assess against the success criteria.
All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the presentation.