What I wish I knew

Topics: Of Mice and Men, Critical thinking, John Steinbeck Pages: 10 (1439 words) Published: September 28, 2014
Summer Reading Assignment
11th Grade

Name:
Of Mice and Men

Before returning to school, you will need to read Of Mice and Men to complete this assignment. This organizer will guide your reading and prepare you for the quiz, discussions and related assignments. You may use this packet for the quiz. This packet is due on the first day of school. SECTION 1

History Details: Please provide some background
information regarding migrant workers in California in
the 1930’s-1940’s.
Consider this link:

Primary Setting:

Specific Location(s):

Era:

Record Any Other Sources of Information:
In your own words, summarize biographical
information about the author and record the
source of your information below:

How might the author’s background (biographical
information) have influenced his or decision to write
the novel and/or influenced the writer’s message?

Record Sources of Information:

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SECTION 2
Key Characters: Choose three characters, other than George and Lennie. Find two concrete details for each character which reveal important traits and provide commentary to support your choices. Name

Concrete Details with page numbers
1.

Commentary
1.

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SECTION 3
In Of Mice and Men, characters make significant decisions. Identify three characters and discuss the decisions they make and the consequences of their decisions. Name of Character:
Decision:

Concrete detail with
page number: Select
textual evidence that
illustrates the decision.

Consequence:

Commentary: Explain the
relevance of the textual
evidence.

Concrete detail with
page number: Select
textual evidence that
illustrates the
consequence.

Commentary: Explain the
relevance of the textual
evidence.

Name of Character:
Decision:

Consequence:

3

Concrete detail with
page number: Select
textual evidence that
illustrates the decision.

Commentary: Explain the
relevance of the textual
evidence.

Concrete detail with
page number: Select
textual evidence that
illustrates the
consequence.

Commentary: Explain the
relevance of the textual
evidence.

Name of Character:
Decision:

Concrete detail with
page number: Select
textual evidence that
illustrates the decision.

Consequence:

Commentary: Explain the
relevance of the textual
evidence.

Concrete detail with
page number: Select
textual evidence that
illustrates the
consequence.

Commentary: Explain the
relevance of the textual
evidence.

4

SECTION 4
Characterization: In a 7-10 sentence paragraph, explore how Lennie is both helpful and hurtful to other characters. Provide concrete details to support your explanation, embedding those concrete details in your response. Notice how the below quote is a fluent part of the sentence as a whole; it is not merely placed in the sentence awkwardly.

Example: By the end of the novel, Huck declares that he “can’t stand” the idea of being adopted by Aunt Sally (Twain 324).

SECTION 5
Theme: Theme is an author’s implied message to the reader about a specific topic. A theme will not be stated directly; instead, a reader must infer the theme through literary elements in the novel. A theme is not the same as a topic, which can usually be expressed in a word or two such as “love,” “childhood,” or “death.” The theme is an opinion the writer wishes to express about that topic. It can be expressed in at least one complete sentence that contains both the topic and the opinion about that topic. For example, the topic of a novel might be love, but the theme might be stated as “Love is more powerful than family loyalty.” In order to identify a theme in a novel, the reader has to think about all the elements of the work and use them to make an inference - or educated guess - based on details from the novel, concerning what the author is suggesting through the text about the topic.

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