This lesson applies the "Think Like a Disciplinarian" model to Of Mice and Men. Students are broken up into four groups that analyze the end of the book from the perspective of different expert disciplines. For this particular assignment, students either consider the book from the perspective of a historian, a psychologist, a lawyer, or an ethicist.
In their groups, students read non-fiction texts that provide them with insight into their interdisciplinary "expertise." This strategy caters to GATE students by providing depth and complexity, and it also caters to struggling students who have an opportunity to work with their peers. Using other disciplines as a framework also requires students to think differently about literature than they are typically accustomed to doing.
Included in this download are:
- A lesson plan detailing the specifics of implementation
- A suggested list of expert non-fiction readings for each discipline
- A "Think Like a Disciplinarian" worksheet
- A student note-taking graphic organizer
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Of Mice and Men Complete Unit Bundle (click here)
Included in our full unit bundle is:
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- An entertaining slang game related to Of Mice and Men, complete with printables and PowerPoint answer key
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on characterization
- An analytical group work lesson on chapter four where students analyze the "outsiders" who are alienated by the other characters
- A lesson, worksheet, and "Teacher's Key" on Robert Burns' poem "To A Mouse" and its relationship to Of Mice and Men
- This "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson that encourages students to consider different expert disciplinary perspectives
- A non-fiction lesson devoted to the idea of the migrant workers
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support