Of Mice and Men Unit Plan, OMM Bundle of Lessons, John Steinbeck, CCSS

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Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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38 pages and 8 slides, all in PDF format
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If you're even THINKING about covering OM&M with your class, get this resource! I needed something last minute when my schedule was changed and this made the unit a breeze!
Great resource! Easy-to-use and apply and did not take much planning effort on my part, thanks to the thorough calendar/schedule. My kids really enjoyed these activities!


Enjoy this bundle of thoughtful materials designed to take your students through four weeks of lessons covering John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Of Mice and Men. Everything you’ll need is here – just add a class set of novels and you’re good to go.

This Of Mice and Men bundle includes:

• A day-by-day calendar to follow with helpful details and nightly homework assignments (read this file first when you open the bundle)

• An extended metaphor activity that helps familiarize students with John Steinbeck’s writing style and call for social awareness/change

• A research organizer to guide students as they conduct their own author biography research about John Steinbeck, his literary works, and his life (PDF and Google Drive version)

One-Question Quizzers for Of Mice and Men to hold students accountable for nightly reading assignments. A quick and easy way for you to tell who is – and isn’t – completing nightly reading of the novel. Key included.

Chapter-by-chapter question set for all six chapters in Of Mice and Men with detailed answer key. (PDF and Google Drive version)

• Close reading worksheets featuring slices of text from ch. 1 and ch. 5; these two lessons come with detailed examples of completed worksheets to serve as models of proper annotation and discussion starters.

• Cross-curricular lesson using math and problem-solving skills in the Day in the Life of the Working Poor activity.

• A Police Report writing and sketch activity to reinforce real-world language skills. This worksheet (PDF and Google Drive version) can be reused with many other short stories, plays, and novels.

• Cross-curricular art lesson with student samples and mini-lesson video notes on teaching perspective

One-period lesson materials connecting Robert Burns’ poem “To a Mouse” to the title of Steinbeck’s novel (PDF and Google Drive version)

• 50-question end-of-unit exam (multiple choice, true/false, plot the order of events, and quote identification) with answer key

• In-class essay prompt sheet featuring three options that will all require mastery of text and depth of thought in students’ analysis

(A total of 38 pages and 8 slides)

Note: More than half of these items (the extended metaphor activity, the Steinbeck author bio research organizer, the one-question quizzers, the study guide/homework/group discussion questions, the cross-curricular math lesson, the Police Report worksheet, and the Robert Burns poem lesson) are sold separately at my store. No need to purchase these items separately if you grab this budget-priced bundle. The other five items are not sold separately and can be purchased only as part of this bundle.

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Total Pages
38 pages and 8 slides, all in PDF format
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.
Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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