These 22 slides include plenty of pre-reading activities for Of Mice and Men. Included are:
-anticipation guide with partner work
-short Great Depression notes
-analysis of 8 pictures from the Great Depression
-reading activities from "Growing Up in The Great Depression", "The Dust Bowl", and "Soledad"
These texts are found in:
The Great Depression: A Historical Reader by Nextext. Mcdougal Littell, 2000.
The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,1999.
They are available for free in a different format online at:
Cesar Chavez: http://www.rialto.k12.ca.us/rhs/planetwhited/AP%20PDF%20Docs/Unit%2011/Depression/Chavez4.pdf
Woody Guthrie: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/radio/c_w/guthrie.html
The Circuit: "Soledad":https://books.google.com/books?id=XWyw-HUUeu0C
Unnamed Selection http://www.swl.k12.oh.us/Downloads/the%20circuit.pdf
-a short research project using Powerpoint
Students will gain plenty of background knowledge about the context of the novel and (hopefully) will be interested in starting the novel.