This entertaining activity is best done at the beginning of Of Mice and Men to acquaint students with the slang from the text. Students work in groups to decode the meaning of slang terms from the book, using context clues to aid them in their search for meaning. This lesson includes an image-rich PowerPoint with answers to the group worksheet for easy review.
In addition, there is a second slang "game" that students complete in groups. They will complete a 1930s slang "puzzle" to find out more about the way people spoke during the time period. This puzzle appeals to kinesthetic learners with the use of manipulatives (vocabulary squares that get positioned around the puzzle board) and injects fun into the classroom toward the beginning of your unit.
Included in this download:
- A lesson plan for using the materials
- A group worksheet featuring Of Mice and Men terms in context
- A PowerPoint answer key to the group worksheet
- A 1930s slang "puzzle board" and "puzzle pieces"
- An answer key to the 1930s slang puzzle
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- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
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