Remember to scroll down to find the MOST RECENT classwork!

Remember that the electronic text copy of Of Mice and Men as well as the audio is on the Your Resource Files Tab.
QUIZLET files on on the QUIZLET tab!
Week of January 30 to February 3, 2012

John Steinbeck Biography - electronic file available soon.

OMAM Anticipation Guide - electronic file available soon.

Guided Reading for Chapter 1
Chapter 1 Student Study Guide
Week of February 5 to February 10, 2012
RWN (Readers/Writers Notebook Entry)
Week of February 14 to February 18, 2012
Chapter 2 files
Guided Reading for Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Student Study Guide

Chapter 2 Vocabulary

Chapter 2 Slang Terms

Chapter 2 Video Guide
Week of February 20 (No School) to February 24, 2012
to be loaded
Chapter 3 (Load text and audio from Your Resources Tab)
Guided Highlighted Reading handout
Additional Focus Questions for in class highlighting:
1.What kind of jokes does George say he used to play on Lennie? How does George say that Lennie reacted or responded to these jokes?
2. Highlight the new information we learn about what really happened in Weed.
Focus on the conversation between George and Slim.
3. Who shoots Candy's dog? Why is the dog shot?
4. How does Candy react when his dog is shot?
5. How do the other men on the ranch feel about Curley's wife? What do the men think about her motivations?
6. Predict (highlight the foreshadowing) who will fight in this chapter and why? Who starts or initiates or provokes the fight?
Why does the fight occur?

Chapter 3 Vocabulary (locate the Marzano Vocabulary Card template and Instructions on the Vocabulary Lessons tab)
Chapter 3 Comprehension and Reflection Questions

Thinking Maps - Bubble Map
Focus on the ONE character you think you know the BEST at this time in the novel.
Then complete the bubble map for that character. Bubble Map file

Detailed directions are located below!
Bubble Map – Character Analysis Directions:
Pick a character form the Novel “Of Mice and Men” and write his or her name in the center circle of the Bubble Map. Choose the character you feel that you know the best at this point in our reading of the novel.
In the outside circles, write words that would describe the character you chose.
The words written in the outside circles need to be adjectives or adjective phrases only.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Beginning Literary/Character Analysis
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Chapter 3 Readers/Writers Notebook - Literary Analysis: Point of View using First Person
The point of view is the way that the narrator sees the events in the story. Of Mice and Men is written from an objective, third-person point of view. The benefit of this choice is the reader is aware of everything that happens in the novel. The drawback is that the reader cannot enter completely into the thoughts and emotions of any one character. Since the book is really a play in novel form, we get to see the characters reveal themselves slowly through their dialogue . Only late in the book do we begin to realize that some events have been foreshadowed, or hinted at, by earlier happenings. This is the way that Steinbeck uses to allow us to observe the action from our own point of view and develop our own opinions about the characters. Use this opportunity to explore the effects of using a first-person point of view from the story.Use the first person (using I, me, my) to describe a scene from Chapters 1-3 through the eyes of any of the following characters: George, Slim, Lennie, Carlson, Candy, Crooks, Curley or Curley's wife. Add feelings and ideas that are consistent with the character's personality. Include the page number of the scene as reference for the passage you are rewriting.

Suggestions: Choose the character that you feel you understand the best at this point. Your Bubble Map will also be helpful to use for organizing your thoughts as you write. Use sufficient/enough details so that others know clearly which scene or event you have chosen.

Minimum length for this assignment is 10 sentences!

Do not use any of the inappropriate language Steinbeck used in the dialogue.

February 29, 2012 - March 2, 2012
Chapter 4 Files - Remember that the electronic text and audio files are located under the You Resource Files tab at the left.
Readers/Writers Notebook Assignments
for 02_29_12
for 03_01_12
Chapter 4 Vocabulary
Remember that the Marzano Vocabulary information in located on the Vocabulary Lessons tab. Remember also to highlight this vocabulary and include the definitions in your margin notes near each word as you read the text.
Chapter 4 Highlighting Guide
Chapter 4 Questions

Extra Credit Vocabulary for Chapters 3 and 4

Week of March 5, 2012

To a Mouse by Robert Burns 1785
Source: Understanding Robert Burns by G.S. Wilkie
Theme: Even the most carefully prepared plans may go wrong.

This poem is the source of the title for the novel Of Mice and Men.
"To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough"[1] is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1785, and was included in the Kilmarnock volume. According to legend, Burns wrote the poem after finding a nest full of mice during the winter. This poem (written in an early English dialect called Scots) tells a little story about a mouse, a man, and the destruction caused by the man's plow to the next of the tiny mouse.
Read the summary below. Then click on the "To a Mouse" tab on the left to hear the poem in the original Scots language.
After a farmer plows up a mouse's nest, he apologizes to the tiny creature while assuring it that he means no harm. He also says he does not mind that the mouse occasionally steals an ear of corn. After all, the farmer reaps a bounty of food from the land; surely, he cannot begrudge the mouse a tiny harvest of its own. Finally, he tells the mouse that it is not alone in failing to build wisely for the future; men fail at that too.

Use this handout to see the original text and a modern translation of the poem.
On the lines provided, briefly summarize each stanza of the poem.

Quiz on To a Mouse. Your may use your annotated copy of the poem and the modern translation.
Begin Literary/Character Analysis.

Prep for Chapter 4 Quiz. Focus on vocabulary and quotes. Know each character. Who does what and why!

Thursday (possible Social Studies field trip)

Friday Chapter 4 Quiz.

Week of March 12, 2012 (to be uploaded by Monday afternoon, March 19)

NOTE: Your updated and printed EPD from is worth 100 participation points!
Hours 1, 2, 3, and 6 were in the computer lab to complete this on Thursday.
4th hour will be completing EDP's in the lab on Monday, March 19, 2012

Character Types -
This assignment had been planned for the week of March 12, but due to the required EDP's, we will be using this handout with Chapter 6 instead of Chapter 5.

Friday, March 16, 2012
On Friday, as part of our background research, we watched Episode 4 of Ken Burns "JAZZ".
We will not have time in class to re-play the video for those of you who may have been absent BUT here is the link to the online information (sorry no online video).
Click on Episode Descriptions to locate Episode 4. Read the information and complete the worksheet.

Week of March 19, 2012
For starters check the QUIZLET tab for Chapter 6 Vocabulary

Chapter 6 Study Guide with Vocabulary

Guided Highlighted Reading Guide