Of Mice and Men

We will begin the novel Tuesday 03/29/2016.  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 15-20 quotes from throughout the novel.  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) Tuesday 03/29
  • Chapter 2 (17-37), Wednesday 03/30
  • Chapter 3 (38-65),  Thursday 03/31
  • Quiz Chapters 1-3, Friday 04/01
  • Chapter 4 (66-83) Friday 04/01
  • Chapters 5-6 (84-98; 99-107) Monday 04/04
  • Quiz Chapters 4-6, Tuesday 04/05
  • 15-20 Split-Quotes Due Wednesday 04/06/16 – worth 150 points

SIU College Fair

For students attending the college-fair at SIU:

  • GO TO FIRST HOUR. We will leave after 2nd hour -meet Mrs. Eaton in the cafeteria.
  • Wear clothes appropriate for the weather tomorrow: sunny & 60 degrees
  • Wear clothing that you look good in: admissions officers are interviewing you & sizing you up as much as you are interviewing them.
  • Be comfortable: no heels, uncomfy dresses, or suits – we will be walking on campus, so wear shoes you can walk in.
  • Make me proud and represent yourself and Sparta High School well. We compete on a National level in science, vocational, FFA, FBLA, etc.  Do not act foolish or make us look bad – this is my home & these are my stomping-grounds.  Make a good impression. 🙂
  • Bring $$ for lunch – we’ll be eating in the Student Center.
  • Consider questions to ask college admissions officers:

“I, Too” by Langston Hughes

I, Too
By Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.


Poems need to be recited to the class by Friday 03/18.  This is worth 100 points. See assignment prompt and rubric for details.

Harlem Renaissance Projects: 350 points

Annotated bibliographies are due Monday 03/07.  Annotated bibliographies must be completed before you start working on your poster. You should have 3-5 sources on your topic. Worth 100 points

When you turn in your annotated bib to Borger, start collecting & printing materials for your poster.  Poster should be readable from a distance, so make the text font large.  You’ll have to choose what to put on your poster – you can’t fit it all on there.

We will be in the lab through Tuesday 03/08.  We will be in class working on posters Wednesday 03/09-Friday 03/11. Posters are due Friday 03/11. Worth 100 points

Posters and annotated bibliographies will earn a -10% penalty for each day they are late.

Students will present information on their posters Monday 03/14 – Wednesday 03/16. Worth 50 points

Students should also be memorizing “I, Too” by Langston Hughes.  All students will be reciting this poem to the class for a Renaissance Poetry Memorization Project Grade worth 100 points. Students can volunteer throughout the week: Monday 03/14 – Friday 03/18, but all students should have recited by Friday 03/18. Late recitations earn a 10% deduction each class period late.

See the complete project assignment for more details.