Of Mice and Men In-Class Essay

Of Mice and Men

Essay Exam

Prompt:  Write a short essay arguing one of the main points below.

Discussion of the prompt:  Your essay will be a minimum of three paragraphs in length for a “C,” five for an “A”.  Open with a thesis statement (or full introductory paragraph if you’re savvy).  You need three points total, one for each paragraph.  Use at least one quote in each paragraph, preferably two.  Remember to set up quotes with tags (introduce who said the quote and to whom they were speaking), and end quotes with page citations (8).  End with a concluding statement at the bottom of your final paragraph (or full conclusion paragraph if you’re savvy).

Example:  George tells Lennie “I ain’t mad.  I never been mad, an’ I ain’t now. That’s a thing I want ya to know” (106). This shows that… Continue reading


Of Mice and Men

We will begin the novel Monday, 02/02/2015 or Tuesday, 02/03/2015.  It is your responsibility to stay on top of the readings, especially when you are absent.  Being absent doesn’t mean you are exempt from homework.  As per the syllabusyou will still be responsible for quizzes and homework even when you’re absent because they are pre-scheduled.

Consider starting to collect quotes for the Split-Quote assignment which will be due once we are finished reading the novel.  You will need a total of 18-24 quotes from throughout the novel (24/24 = 100% – A: 18/24 = 75% – C) .  Quotes should cover themes related to friendship, loneliness, or the American Dream. Keep a notebook nearby for quote collecting as you read.  I do not give out study guides for novels.  Split-quotes are your study guide: create your own as you go.

Reading Schedule: Subject to change (but stay on track by reading a chapter a day and two chapters over weekends).

  • Chapter 1 (pages 1-16) Monday, 2/2
  • Chapter 2 (17-37), Tuesday, 2/3
  • Chapter 3 (38-65),  Wednesday, 2/4
  • Quiz Chapters 1-3, Thursday 02/05/2015
  • Chapter 4 (66-83) Thursday 02/05
  • Chapters 5-6 (84-98; 99-107), Friday 02/06
  • Quiz Chapters 4-6, Tuesday 02/10/2015
  • 18-24 Split-Quotes Due Wednesday 02/11/2015 – worth 150 points