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This 48-page lesson plan for Of Mice and Men was written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
This lesson plan proceeds through each chapter, giving students important vocabulary items to study, as well as reading comprehension and discussion questions. The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
Set on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley during the 1930s, Of Mice and Men was the first work to bring John Steinbeck national recognition. The realistic novel depicts the hardscrabble existence of two itinerant ranch hands, George Milton and Lennie Small. An odd couple, George and Lennie are the physical and mental opposites of each other, yet the depth of their friendship is one of the enduring qualities of this straightforward and earthy novel.
Of Mice and Men was followed the next year by Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath. With the publication of this second work, Steinbeck established himself as the voice of the alienated and the disenfranchised, as well as an astute chronicler of the human condition. While Steinbeck was awarded the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 for The Grapes of Wrath, it was Steinbeck’s last novel, The Winter of Our Discontent, which garnered the writer the most prestigious of awards, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. In presenting the prize the Swedish Academy noted, “[Steinbeck] holds his position as an independent expounder of the truth with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American, be it good or bad.”