• ** IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter three (38-65)
HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.
  • Forgot your book at school? Lent it to a friend? Your dog chewed it up? Here is a full text copy of Of Mice and Men. The page numbers do not match up, but the chapter headings are the same.


Audio Book

Everything we will be doing during the Of Mice and Men unit is outlined for you on this page. Because I am including all in class handouts, assignments, and an online copy of the text there is no reason for you not to be prepared for class. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at mindywara@gmail.com or text me at 920.203.5154 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 920.203.5154 end_of_the_skype_highlighting - make sure to leave your name so I know who I am talking to.
*Plans are subject to change.


Daily Activities - black
Assignments - purple
Due dates/important - red

Monday, April 16: NO SPOILERS! If you have read the book, seen the movie or heard through the grapevine what happens at the end of the novel DO NOT TELL YOUR CLASSMATES! Should a spoiler be found, your fate will be decided by a jury of your peers (and Ms. Wara).
- Introduction to John Steinbeck
- Handout "What do you already know about the Great Depression?". Work in pairs.
- Watch Youtube interview with John Steinbeck.
- Discuss the Great Depression as a large group.

  • IN CLASS: What do you already know about the Great Depression? Activity

Tuesday, April 17:
- Writing Prompt: How important is friendship in your life?
- Pooh poem vs. Paul Simon song activity
- Companionship Activity
- Bromance video and discussion

  • IN CLASS: Friendship Traits Activity

Wednesday, April 18:
- Writing Prompt: Have you ever known a mentally handicapped adult? What problems do they face?
- Sign out Of Mice and Men books
- Before Reading Activity

  • IN CLASS: Before Reading Activity

Thursday, April 19: Meet in computer lab (bring earbuds/headphones)
- Read scene description at the beginning of chapter one in OMM. Draw the scene as you see it in your mind.
- Explore Ms. Wara's Of Mice and Men wikispace.
- In class reading time for chapter one of OMM.


  • IN CLASS: Return wikispace handout to Ms. Wara at the end of the class period.
  • IN CLASS: While listening to the description of the opening scene, draw what you believe it looks like. Make sure to turn these in to Ms. Wara.
  • IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter one (pages 1-16) of OMM.
  • HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.

Friday, April 20:
- Writing Prompt: What are your first impressions about the novel?
- Discuss chapter one on polleverywhere.com using cell phones/discussion questions on wiki/student discussion questions.
- Watch beginning of OMM movie.
- In class read time for chapter two of OMM.
  • IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter two (17-37)
  • HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.

Monday, April 23:
- In class reading time for chapter three of OMM
.- Writing Prompt: Why might the boss jump to the conclusion that George is taking advantage of Lennie?
  • IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter three (38-65)
  • HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.

Tuesday, April 24:
- Writing Prompt: Lennie thinks Curly's wife is "purty" - Should the sexual attraction of a handicapped person differ from that of a non-handicapped person? Why/why not?
- Introduce found poem exercise - due on May 2.
- Discuss chapter two in a Think-Pair-Share

- In class reading time for chapter three of OMM OR work on poetry
  • IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter four (66-84)
  • HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.
  • HW: Work on found poem.

Wednesday, April 25:
- Writing Prompt: Why does Curly's wife spend so much time around the men? What is she looking for?
- Writing Prompt: Why does Crooks torture Lennie about potentially losing George?
- How can you relate your theme topic to OMM?
- Ripped paper discussion of chapter three.
  • IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter four
  • HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.
  • HW: Work on found poem.

Thursday, April 26:
- Reading Quiz Chapter Four
- Discuss chapter four?
- Reading time for chapter five
  • IN CLASS/HW: Finish reading chapter five (99-107)
  • HW: Write two well thought out discussion questions for tomorrow as well as any initial comments you have about the text - especially related to bromance and isolation.
  • IN CLASS/HW: Work on found poem.

Friday, April 27:
- Writing Prompt: Why does Steinbeck wait until Curley's wife is dead to describe her is such a beautiful way?
- Small group discussions of Chapter five
- Reading time for chapter six/writing time for found poem

Monday, April 30: Found Poem Due
- Writing Prompt: Why did George have to do it?
- Explain essay expectations due May 8.
- Who is responsible activity?
- Reflection on OMM.
- Revisit Before Reading Activity


Tuesday, May 1: Meet in computer lab
  • IN CLASS: Work on your essay

Wednesday, May 2: Meet in computer lab
  • IN CLASS: Work on your essay

Thursday, May 3: Meet in computer lab
  • IN CLASS: Work on your essay

Friday, May 4:
- Workshop found poems with two other people
- Rehearse poems with two different people
- Work on found poem revisions
  • IN CLASS/HW: Revision of found poem
  • HW: Finish essay

Monday, May 7: Meet in the Little Theatre
- Found Poem reading day
- Poetry reflection
  • HW: Finish essay

Tuesday, May 8: Essays are due
- Watch the end of OMM