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Of Mice and Men Journals

Of Mice and Men Journals

Author: Kayla Seabourn

Students will be able to make personal connections to specific themes in Of Mice and Men and use these connections to create a storyboard that demonstrates their understanding of a developing theme in chapter one through strong and thorough citation of textual evidence.

Students will work in reading groups to create and complete a six panel storyboard that demonstrates the integration of their given theme.


Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

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.

Honors English Freshman

As part of an anticipatory set for the unit the students were given a set of 10 statements that were relevant to the course of the novel. They were instructed to read each statement and in the “before reading” box place a + if they agreed and a – if they disagreed. They were then assigned to pick one of the statements they felt the strongest, either for or against, and write a paragraph response supporting their opinion. The students were instructed (as well as given proper modeling and guided practice) to use real world applications in their responses. As a class we discussed each statement and the students were required to move to a side of the room (agree or disagree) and as a group come up with their argument. These statements correlate with the themes and incidents that occur throughout the novel. The journal assignment they will be given as well as essential questions asked will be focused around these statements. Once we have finished the students will reevaluate their initial assessment of each statement. This entire process will give them adequate skills and knowledge in order to accurately prepare a mock trial for the character of Lennie.

As for this lesson in particular, the relevance is making connections in their life and beliefs to the characters in the novel, in order to bring them closer to the incidents and beliefs of the novel. By establishing these connections it will allow students to see the novel, characters, and incidents in their own way, giving them an adequate position to take in the mock trial they will participate in after finishing the novel.

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Essential Question

After viewing all of the sources on this webpage you must answer this question:

Of the two themes: Power vs. Powelessness and Frienship, which is the most predominate in the first two chapters in Of Mice and Men and will continue to have the most influence for the rest of the novella? Use at least three citations from the novella or a listed source on this webpage in your answer. 


Journal Instructions and Propmts

Chapter 1 (Audio Book)

This is chapter one of the novella. Listen to this and chapter 2 before doing any of the assignments for these chapters.

Source: YouTube

Chapter 2 (Audio Book)

This is chapter 2 of the novella. After listening to this you may begin your assignments.

Source: YouTube

Additional Rescources

Here are some additional resources for you to view:   (use this to help you break down the chapter and comprehend the characters)   (watch the first 4 minutes of this video--it is a summary of chapter 1 and 2)  (this will give you background on some of the themes in the novella)

Source: YouTube, Sparknotes, Lit Charts