This Common Core aligned comparative analysis lesson should be taught after students have finished reading Of Mice and Men. The lesson asks students to read the classic Robert Burns poem "To a Mouse" and analyze the similarities between the content of the poem and the character struggles in Of Mice and Men. Because Of Mice and Men gets its title from a line in this very poem, students get a deeper understanding of the allusion that Steinbeck is forging.
This lesson includes:
- A lesson plan
- A reproduction of the Robert Burns poem, "To a Mouse"
- An analytical worksheet for students to complete in groups or independently
- An "answer key" with suggested responses to the questions presented in the worksheet
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Included in our full unit bundle is:
- A reading comprehension bundle with reading comprehension questions and quizzes (with accompanying answer keys) for every chapter of the book
- An anticipatory activity with an image-rich PowerPoint to get students thinking about larger themes before reading the text
- An entertaining slang game related to Of Mice and Men, complete with printables and PowerPoint answer key
- A lesson, PowerPoint, and worksheet centered on characterization
- An analytical group work lesson on chapter four where students analyze the "outsiders" who are alienated by the other characters
- This lesson on Robert Burns' poem "To A Mouse"
- A group work "Think Like a Disciplinarian" lesson that encourages students to consider different expert disciplinary perspectives
- A non-fiction lesson devoted to the idea of the migrant workers
- A lesson, worksheet, and PowerPoint on the themes of the book
- A literary analysis essay prompt and rubric, plus accompanying handouts for essay writing support