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Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity

Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
Of Mice and Men: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
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Need to add non-fiction into a unit on Of Mice and Men? Want to help students deal with the plot twist ending and think logically about George’s decision?

Use this 2-day lesson connecting literature and modern articles to assess CCSS RI.1 and RI.2 in your ELA classroom. Themed around the question “Was Lennie’s Death Justified?”, the articles and corresponding questions ask students to read about the historical context of 1930’s California to evaluate some of Lennie’s other possible outcomes: an insane asylum, a trial with an insanity plea, and the death penalty. Once students read about the alternatives, they reread parts of the novella and reevaluate why George made his decision.

In this EDITABLE doc from my “Nonfiction about Lit” series, ask students to read all three articles OR assign students to articles (jigsaw-style) to differentiate your instruction.

This 3-page lesson includes:
• Clearly marked standards
• Context and directions
• Hyperlinks to 3 credible online sources for background reading
• Graphic organizer prompts students to summarize and make a text-to-text connection
• 4 questions that ask students to closely reread the novella
• A final formative assessment box (or exit ticket) asking students to draw a conclusion
• Answer key

(For an IN-DEPTH PREVIEW, check out my FREE Non-fiction Activity for The Giver!, which has similar features!)

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My other non-fiction lessons:
A Christmas Carol: Non-Fiction Reading Activity
"Why Grammar?" A non-fiction reading & writing unit
"Why Poetry?" Mini-Unit

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Teaching Duration
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