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Of Mice and Men Lesson Plan
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By using this lesson plan, teachers will be able to guide students through John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men. This lesson plan offers assistance in exploring the complexities of Steinbeck's characters as well as help in navigating the novel's themes, including loneliness, loyalty, and friendship. Examples of guided discussion and study questions from this lesson plan include the following:
- Identify and give a physical description of Lennie and George in Of Mice and Men. Lennie was a huge man, shapeless of face with large, pale eyes, with wide, sloping shoulders, and he walked heavily, dragging his feet a little. Lennie is George's friend, who is not very smart but is an extremely strong man and a good worker.
- The swamper said, "Seems like Curley ain't givin' nobody a chance." Explain. If Curley would fight a big man and win, everyone would think he was very strong and would congratulate him. If Curley would fight a big man and lose, everyone would feel sorry for him and tell the big man to pick on someone his own size. Either way, Curley would come out the favorite of the crowd.
- Describe Curley's wife. What's the problem about her? Curley's wife dresses and acts like a tramp, according to the men. The problem is that she is lonesome since Curley won't let her talk to anyone. She keeps coming around the bunkhouse and barn to talk to the men (and to make advances), and then Curley gets jealous and mad with the men and tries to start fights.
- Lennie tells Crooks about the land. What is his reply at first? Crooks tells Lennie that he is nuts. He says he's seen hundreds of hands come and go with the same dream of having a piece of land, and none of them ever actually did get any land. "Nobody gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It's just in their head."
- Why did Curley's wife come to see Lennie? Curley's wife came to see Lennie because she figured out that he crushed Curley's hand and wouldn't be afraid of Curley anymore -- he was the most likely candidate for her advances at this time.
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