Of Mice and Men Interactive Notebook : Characterization - High School

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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44 pages
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Of Mice and Men Interactive Notebook : Characterization

This interactive notebook project focuses on close analysis of the cast of characters in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. Your students will analyze character development; the relationships between the characters; their dialogue, motivations, and actions--and the resulting consequences. As they read, they will create an interactive notebook strategically designed for students at the secondary level with what middle and high school teachers have asked for—more writing, more close reading, deeper analysis, and less cutting and pasting than INB’s for younger students.


Everything you’ll need is included with the resource (including the link to a letter written by Steinbeck to Miss Claire Luce, the actress who played Curley’s wife on Broadway.)

Resource Guide: 11 pages of helpful information for you:

  • How to Introduce the Of Mice and Men INB to Students
  • Chapter-by-Chapter: What to Teach/Review/Share with Students
  • How to Prepare
  • How to Stay Organized
  • How To Assemble the Of Mice and Men INB
  • FAQ’s
  • Table of Contents
  • Photos of each completed base page for you to use as a guide.

Rubric—Easy to use, the rubric is ready to print and distribute when you introduce the activity, so students know exactly what you expect them to do and how their INB will be assessed.

13 Base pages—There are 13 base pages—two pages per chapter—and one that follows the end of the novella. Base pages are the pages on which students adhere their cut outs, write their responses to questions, and complete tasks. To limit the amount of cutting and pasting—a frequent Interactive Notebook teacher request—some of the tasks your students will be tackling are printed directly on the base pages themselves and can be completed without any cutting or pasting at all. Base pages include guides for placement of the cut out pieces, making assembling the pages easy and allowing students to work independently or cooperatively with their classmates. Task instructions are included on either the base pages or on the cut out pieces themselves so that they remain intact and are not cut off and thrown away.

17 Cut Out Pages—These pages contain the Cut Outs that will be adhered to the base pages. All Cut Out pages are clearly labeled and cutting instructions are included on the page. Each Cut Out is labeled with a (tiny) chapter number, usually in the bottom right corner of the Cut Out to help students easily keep track of their pieces.


Complete your Of Mice and Men resource collection with these resources that you may also like:

Of Mice and Men Constructed Responses and Higher Order Thinking Questions

Of Mice and Men Themes PowerPoint Interactive Mini Binder with Guided Notes

A Freebie! Of Mice and Men Audio CD Guide

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Total Pages
44 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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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.
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.
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.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


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