Print & Digital Of Mice and Men Themes Activity & Literary Devices

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Highly engaging Of Mice and Men identifying theme activity for students to analyze six different main idea and supporting details in the novel and create a group one pager to showcase their understanding!

Students will:

  • Define theme and learn the difference between a theme topic and a theme statement.
  • Analyze how how a theme is developed in the novel through events and characters.
  • Identify a lesson/message Steinbeck is repeating throughout the novel.

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Lesson Pages:

1. Theme Info Sheet defining theme topic vs theme statement.

  • Theme topic: broad repeated throughout (ex: adventure)
  • Theme statement: message/lesson the author reveals through the theme topic (ex: Adventure can sometimes keep you from the people you love the most.)

2. Theme Analysis Handouts

  • Students are broken into six groups based on the following theme topics:
    • American Dream
    • Responsibility
    • Power
    • Insecurity
    • Loneliness
    • Friendship

  • Students have to identify specific evidence showing the theme topic and explain how the evidence relates to the theme.
  • Students create a theme statement about what message/lesson Steinbeck tries to reveal through the theme topic.

3. Assessment

  • Students have to complete the same handout individually for the theme topic Loyalty.

4. Optional Group One Pager for Theme

  • A one-pager a single page response allowing students to showcase their understanding of a topic, text, concept, etc.
  • Students use their theme analysis handout to create a one pager on a poster. Example one pagers are included!
  • Six student one pager examples are included!


File Type: PDF & Google Slides


Total Pages: 34

Content Pages: 25


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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