Print & Digital Of Mice and Men Chapter 1 Figurative Language Writing Activities

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In this engaging Of Mice and Men activity, students analyze Steinbeck's use of imagery and create their own description of a nature scene mimicking Steinbeck's writing style. Great for figurative language practice, teaching imagery and the five senses, and for writing activities!

Students will:

  • Analyze the opening of chapter 1 (the nature scene).
  • Learn the definition of imagery and its relation to the 5 senses.
  • Identify examples of imagery and which of the 5 senses are being appealed to.
  • Analyze Steinbeck's writing style through his use of imagery.
  • Analyze a nature scene so that students can create their own description of it using Steinbeck's writing style/incorporating imagery.

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Lesson Pages:

1. Teacher Directions

2. Warm-Up

  • Students assess their background knowledge on imagery.

3. Passage Analysis

  • Students analyze the opening of chapter 1 (nature description) identifying examples of imagery.
  • Students analyze how Steinbeck uses imagery to establish time (season/time of day) and place (setting).

4. Nature Scene Analysis

  • A picture of a nature scene is provided for students to analyze.
  • Students create examples of imagery describing the image.

5. Mimic Steinbeck's Writing Style Worksheet

  • Students write a description of the image using Steinbeck's writing style (specifically focusing on his use of imagery to describe nature and to create a sense of time and place).

6. Rubric

  • Details what the students are supposed to include in their description of the nature scene.


File Type: Zip file with PDF, Word Docs & link to Google Slides

Editable: Partially - One Word doc and one slide in the Digital Version is editable.

Total Pages: 36

Content Pages: 26



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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