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1 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

2 Key dates Discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus First settlers in first towns and cities built New York built 1770 – population of 2.6million 1860 – civil war ends slavery 1900s – boom years 1930s – the depression 1940/50s – industry deveops 1960s – World super power

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4 H/W for next lesson (Tuesday 17/5) Research The Depression Create a general fact sheet on this topic and era of U.S. history (1920s/1930s.)

5 Page 18 to 19 Using at least 3 quotes from the text, describe the setting at the opening of the novel.

6 First looks…what might they suggest? The first man (George)

7 The second man (Lennie)

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9 Quote Hunt + this shows…. 3 Quotes about George: Lennie for God sakes dont drink so much. This shows George is the one in charge. 3 Quotes about Lennie:

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15 The Dream… Using a variety of quotes from the text, explaining what they show about the character, in a paragraph explain: What is Georges dream? What is Lennies Dream?

16 Character Analysis Explore the presentation of Lennie at the start of the novel. Use full sentences, a variety of quotes and explain what the quotes show (C). If you can, refer to specific language (words) that has been used to present Lennie (B). Have any similes or metaphors been used? Based on the opening, can you guess what will happen later in the novel? (A).

17 Quick final question… Using quotes… Does George like Lennie?

18 On Post Its… Based on the events in the opening, I think….. I think this because it says ……..

19 H/W for Wednesday 8/6 Complete worksheet. Complete writing task.

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22 Using the worksheet, complete the following task: Explore the ways Steinbeck presents the setting in the opening of Of Mice and Men.

23 Chapter 1: Answer the following questions using quotations where you feel necessary: 1.Where is the story set? 2.Film versions of the novel have focused on the beauty of the landscape; describe the environment that provides the setting for the start of the novel (pages 3-5 and 12-13) 3.Who are the main characters? 4.What do they look like? 5.What do they do? 6.What do we know about them? 7.Why is George angry with the bus driver? (page 6) 8.What is in Lennies pocket? (pages 7, 10 and 11) 9.How does George react? 10.What does this tell us about Lennie and his relationship with George? 11.Where are they going and what are they going to do? 12.Why are they on the move? (page 9) 13.Why is George complaining? (page 13) 14.What is their dream? (pages 16 and 17)

24 Chapter Two - Synopsis George and Lennie arrive at the ranch. They move into the bunkhouse where they meet a number of other characters.

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28 Setting in Chapter 2 Steinbeck uses his settings to reinforce his themes, particularly the theme of loneliness. Reread the opening description of the bunkhouse in chapter 2 of the novel up to The wooden latch raised. Read each of the following quotations and write what it suggests to you about the mens living conditions and lifestyle. A few words have been highlighted in bold, so think carefully about what is suggested by them.

29 Assessment Criteria What do these quotes show? (C+) What themes or ideas are suggested by the language? (B+) Why is this description at the start of the chapter? (A)

30 The bunkhouse was a long, rectangular building.

31 Inside the walls were whitewashed and the floor unpainted.

32 Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk.

33 And these shelves were loaded with little articles, soap and talcum powder, razors…and those Western magazines ranch men love to read and scoff at and secretly believe.

34 In the middle of the room stood a big, square table littered with playing cards

35 Explore the ways Steinbeck presents the bunkhouse. Use Quotes (C) Analyse Language (B) As this is early in the text, what does this suggest about the future of plot? (A)

36 Explore the ways Steinbeck presents Insert name here Use quotes and say what they show. (C) Analyse any specific words (language). (B) If this is how they are presented at the start what do you think might happen? (A)

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39 Page Curley

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42 Page Curleys Wife

43 Explore the ways Steinbeck presents Insert name here Use quotes and say what they show. (C) Analyse any specific words (language). (B) If this is how they are presented at the start what do you think might happen? (A)

44 The perfect A grade paragraph… Curley is an aggressive character, Curley lashed his body around. This shows how Curley spins around angrily to shout at George. The word lashed suggests he is quick and angry. The way Steinbeck introduces Curley as an aggressive character at such an early stage of the novel suggests to the reader he will be a trouble maker.

45 The perfect A grade paragraph… Curley is an aggressive character, Curley lashed his body around. This shows how Curley spins around angrily to shout at George. (C) The word lashed suggests he is quick and angry. (B) The way Steinbeck introduces Curley as an aggressive character at such an early stage of the novel suggests to the reader he will be a trouble maker. (A)

46 Your A grade paragraph… X is a very W character, QUOTE. The word Y suggests Z. The way Steinbeck introduces X as a W character at such an early stage in the novel suggests V.

47 H/W for Tuesday 21/6 Complete setting worksheet.

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49 Characters in The Bunkhouse:

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53 Explore the ways Steinbeck presents Insert name here Use quotes and say what they show. (C) Analyse any specific words (language). (B) If this is how they are presented at the start what do you think might happen? (A)

54 Write a perfect paragraph about Slim X is a very W character, QUOTE. The word Y suggests Z. The way Steinbeck introduces X as a W character at such an early stage in the novel suggests V.

55 Of Mice and Men – Chapter 2 Several men sleep and live in the bunkhouse on the ranch. The following questions are designed to build up a picture of what each of the men are like. 1.George and Lennie enter the bunkhouse with a tall stoop- shouldered old man. What is he wearing and what is he carrying? 2.When had George and Lennie been expected to arrive at the ranch? 3.The old man shows George and Lennie their bunks. What is George worried about? 4.What items does George put on his shelf? 5.According to the old swamper, what kind of a reputation does the boss have? 6.Describe the bosss appearance. 7.Why does the boss wear high-heeled boots and spurs? 8.What is different about the stable buck? 9.How does George describe Lennie to the boss? 10.Why is the boss suspicious of Georges attitude to Lennie? 11.Who is Slim? 12.Why does George get angry with Lennie?

56 Chapter 3 A key chapter in the text. We see what happened in Weed. Slim seems to understand George and Lennie. The issue of Candys dog is concluded. Candy overhears George and Lennies dream and wants in. Curley starts an argument…

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59 Studying the Hierarchy …the death of Candys Dog. For: Against:

60 1.Why does George thank Slim? 2.Why is Slim impressed with Lennie? 3.What did Lennie actually do in Weed, according to George? 4.What was Lennie accused of by the girl in Weed? 5.What does Lennie bring into the bunkhouse? 6.What does George warn Lennie to do? 7.What does Carlson want Candy to do with his old dog?

61 Candys Dog The shooting of Candys dog is a very important, symbolic moment in the text. If something is old and perceived as useless it is disposed of. This raises various moral and ethical questions ____________________________________________________ Try and answer the following moral points to help you structure your ideas and opinions. Remember there are no wrong answers here; it is what you think…

62 Carlson says that Candys dog should be shot because He aint no good to himself. What do you think he means by this?

63 What are Candys reasons for not wanting to shoot his dog?

64 Slim says I wisht somebodyd shoot me if I got old an a cripple. Why do you think he feels that way?

65 What do you think of the way the Carlson, George and Slim behave during this incident?

66 Do you think it was cruel or kind to shoot Candys dog? Why?

67 Later in the chapter Candy says I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldnt of let no stranger shoot my dog. What do you think he means by this?

68 Do you think Steinbeck sympathises with Candy and his dog?

69 What do you think John Steinbeck might be trying to help us understand about migrant workers lives in this episode?

70 Reflection point… …Candys dog. The only truly loyal companion in the text?

71 Answer all of these questions in full sentences, with quotes. 1.What happened in Weed? 2.What does Whit discover in his magazine? 3.Why does Carlson want the dog killed? 4.What is the atmosphere like in the bunkhouse at the moment Candys dog is killed? 5.When does the dream start to look like it could come reality? 6.How does Slim react after Lennie attacks Curley?

72 Chapter 4 – The outcasts… This chapter is set in Crooks separate room, the Harness Room. There are only four characters in this Chapter: Crooks, Lennie, Candy and Curleys Wife – though George does arrive at the end to remove Lennie. This is widely known as the outsiders chapter; all of the people in this chapter are characters that are isolated for different reasons.

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76 Crooks, the black stable-hand, gets his name from his crooked back. Proud, bitter, and caustically funny, he is isolated from the other men because of the colour of his skin. Despite himself, Crooks becomes fond of Lennie, and though he derisively claims to have seen countless men following empty dreams of buying their own land, he asks Lennie if he can go with them and hoe in the garden.

77 Why are these characters lonely? Crooks: Curleys Wife: Lennie: Candy: In what way is it symbolic that George comes to remove Lennie from this group at the end of the chapter?

78 What do we learn about these characters in Chapter 4? Use a quote in your answer. Curleys Wife: Lennie: Candy:

79 Do we need Chapter 4? Some would argue that Chapter 4 is irrelevant. The plot does not really move forward in any way and little action takes place. Why do you think Steinbeck has included Chapter 4 in the novel?

80 Of Mice and Men Key Revision Points

81 Key pages: George and Lennie intro = P.19 The dream = P.31 Curleys intro = P.46 Curleys wife intro = P.53 Slims intro = P.55 What happened in Weed = P.66 Candys dog = P.73 Candy comes in on the dream = P.87 The outcasts = P.99 Curleys wife and Lennie = P.123 Lennies vision and death =P.141

82 Opening (introduce setting and characters) Problem (whats going to happen?) Crisis (the characters face a new low) Resolution / Conclusion (the problem is solved)

83 Opening: Problem: Crisis: Resolution:

84 Whats the point? Whats the moral?

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86 CA – Task: Explore the way Lennie is presented and developed in Of Mice and Men.

87 Essay Plan Intro In one or two paragraphs summarise the text – refer to the problem / crisis etc… Main 8 quotes from across the text that show what Lennie is like… x8 perfect paragraphs Conclusion Meaning/moral of the novel

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