These reading notes set the tone for how much students have to dig in order to gain understanding of the deeper meaning of the novella. Style, theme, characterization and symbolism are included. I alternate between the reading notes and the RWQs for the first 2 chapters to give my 7th honors students a solid foundation on the book. The RWQs and reading notes are designed to coordinate, and both lead into the final essay. If you are looking for an angle to frame your existing unit, or are new to reading Steinbeck, allow my 11 years of experience with this particular text save you some time and effort.