Of Mice and Men: Final Project Choices
Each project must be neat and organized. Effort must be visible. The grade is based on creativity, neatness, accuracy, and effort. Choose a project that appeals to your own personal talents and interests. (There is a big difference between something you jot down in a few minutes and something you put time into).
Choose ONE of the following:
Poem—write one long poem (at least 30 lines) or at least three short poems (totaling at least 30 lines) in the form of your choosing about the story, a theme from the story, or one or more of the characters. The poem can be from your own perspective or it can be from the perspective of one of the characters—for example, Lennie is writing the poem or George, etc. (I don’t want elementary school rhyming “roses are red/violets are blue/Lennie is sweet/and George is, too.” —I want thought and insight.) Create a five-frame cartoon strip or, if you are more motivated, a cartoon motion flipbook that captures what happens in the scene from the novel that is most memorable to you. Create a mobile or collage (at least 11 x 14) that captures one important aspect of the story—it can be about one character or one theme or one symbol, etc. (When making a collage, the poster board should be filled). On a separate, typed piece, write an explanation for each item you chose to include. Explain: why did you include it, what does it represent? Capture your impressions of George or Lennie in any form you choose (drawing, collage, paper mache, essay, etc.) Write a brief description of your image. Write/perform a song/rap characterizing an aspect of the story. (Make sure when you write it, it looks like a song written in stanzas with a chorus.) Create an online literary scrapbook. Using PowerPoint, gather images, backgrounds, text, video, clipart and sound that support a theme or big idea from the novel. Limit the amount of text you use, just like a personal scrapbook. Include a Works Cited slide at...
Cited: slide at the end with citations of sources you used. The “scraps” you include must be justified – you’ll explain why they are important to the understanding of the theme or big idea you chose.
You may choose to do something else that is creative and that represents the story in some way, but you must get the project approved first. (Think something with computers.)
Epilogue – Write an epilogue (a concluding part added to a literary work) in which you explain – using whatever tense and tone the author did – what happened to the character(s) next.
Censorship Defense – Of Mice and Men has been frequently challenged by special interest groups. These groups often feel that this novel is inappropriate for high school students to read because of foul language, violence, and the presentation of stereotypical viewpoints. You must decide whether you agree or disagree with this argument and write a letter to the editor of a newspaper defending your opinion of this issue. You must use specific details from the book and information you find about censorship to support your opinion.
Take on the persona of two characters from the novel. These two characters will have chosen to keep in touch after the death of Lennie. You must write 2 letters each (4 total) that are exchanges that pen pals might have.
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