This is a different spin on Of Mice and Men, focusing on nature motifs/imagery for thematic development. Materials follow the nature motif theme. These include relevant motif vocabulary (nearly 50 from the book, then nearly 50 more); two projects based on vocabulary and imagery; a movie-book contrast/comparison assignment; and discussion questions, a few which can serve as a formal writing assignment.
Please note: The teaching time can vary considerably with the variety of materials, discussion, and personal selection. Essay writing is not included in the calculation. And, this is not a unit plan as traditionally formatted, but instead the focuses on providing 4 pages of materials that can be used as handouts and 1 page listing more activities for a thematic nature motif unit
English as a second language (ESL) students may find the vocabulary helpful, and native English speakers may be stretched. Examples of California plants and animals, whether particular species or general names, are included for comprehension and concept development.
The movie graphic organizer is very useful for contrasting any book or movie and is sold individually on my site--a longer description and a picture is included.
This focus on the environment and the nature vocabulary I've never seen elsewhere. This twist makes the unit suitable for adding interdisciplinary connections to science, biodiversity, and the effects of environmental change on humans, animals, and the entire ecosystem.