This assignment introduces students to the elements of the thesis-driven five paragraph essay form – introduction, three proofs and conclusion. It includes an essay prompt based upon Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck that requires students to think critically about the novel in order to formulate their thesis statement and proofs. This assignment could easily be adapted to other works of literature by modifying the essay prompt while keeping all of the guidelines for the five paragraph essay the same. Included here are essay prompt and assignment sheet, essay outline worksheet and grading rubric. This assignment gives students the opportunity to develop their critical reading, literary analysis and writing skills.