It is important that when teaching Of Mice and Men you introduce the setting. As it plays a vital role, the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era can be taught to the English Language Arts classroom in a few short days through this WebQuest. Have your students do all of the exploring on their own, and bring them together at the end for a meaningful discussion. Opt to round out the discussion with a quick and easy Poster Project, substituting for a conventional assessment. You will see a confidence in your students as you begin discussing the challenges that face George and Lennie right from Chapter 1.