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Of Mice and Men Novel Unit

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Transcript of Of Mice and Men Novel Unit

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
Today's Lesson
Today's Lesson
Today's Lesson
Title: "Of Mice and Men"
John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
Today's Lesson
Historical Context
*Born in Salinas, CA to a middle class family
*Went to Stanford, but never graduated
*All of his novels are considered "social novels" that deal with economic problems and rural labor
*His books are written in a sociological, disconnected style, which is sometimes appreciated and sometimes disliked
*Other works include
The Grapes of Wrath
East of
, and
The Winter of Our Discontent

*Review Vocab/ Section 2

Day 8
Day 9
Day 5
Day 6
Day 10
Retrieved from nobelprize.org
Curley's wife
Derived from "To a Mouse" by
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
*Robert Burns was the son of a poor peasant farmer
*He wrote this poem when he disturbed a mouse's nest while plowing his field
*He apologizes to the mouse for disturbing him; later says that all animals are created equal
*He pities the mouse, then compares it to human beings who can never achieve their intended "best laid plans"
*He suggests that the differences between humans and mice are that mice live only for the present and future while humans dwell on the past

Anticipatory Guide Discussion (Schoology)
Chapter 1
1. What's in a title?

2. For Monday: Finish Part 1
Day 4
Day 7
*Review Chapter 3/ Vocab

*Dramatic tension: The tension or suspense within a narrative

Betty Boop
"Scrub me Momma with a Boogie Beat" (1941)
Betty Boop
Why is Betty Boop considered a sexist representation of women?

How might this cartoon have influenced people like Lennie and George in the 1930s?
"Scrub me Momma with a Boogie Beat" (1941)
What kinds of things were the characters in this cartoon doing?

What characteristics would you give these characters?

What two kinds of women were shown in this video?

In your opinion, who was the target audience for this cartoon?

Do you think the stereotypes exhibited in this cartoon are still present in American culture? Where do we see them?
1. Write your favorite pick-up line

2. Write a short joke

3. Summarize yourself in one sentence beginning with "I am a boy who..." or "I am a girl who..."

4. Write your favorite one-liner from a movie/ TV show
These MUST be school appropriate, or you get no credit.
Today's Lesson
*The etymology of the word "Nigger"

*Follow-Up Questions

*Read Ch. 3
Today's Lesson
*Read Section 3
(n.) the act of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy
Can you think of any examples of euthanasia?

*Review section 4

*Power vs. Powerlessness/ loneliness vs. outsiders (PowerPoint)

*Assign part 1 of adverb exercise (prezi)

*Read Section 5
Today's Lesson
*Review Chapter 5
Article Questions
1. What is the FUNCTION of the word "nigger?"

2. How has this word evolved?

3. Why is this word still being used?

4. How do you feel when you hear/ read this word? Be honest!
Answer each question in 1-2 complete sentences.
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