Of Mice and Men Split-Quotes

Here is a PDF of the handout from class: Of Mice and Men Split Quotes

Split QuotesMajor themes of this novel are friendship, the American dream, and loneliness.  It is your job to find relevant quotes from the novel that relate to these themes.  These notes will serve two purposes: they will be the basis of support for your final paper and you will use them for seminar.  Your notes will be split on the page and categorized as follows:

Theme: Friendship (or Loneliness)

Quote

Context & Explanation

Word-for-word as it appears in the text.  Does not just have to be dialogue between characters; any words from the novel, including narration, are a quote.  If the words are not your own, then they are a quote by someone else (in this case, Steinbeck). Include context (where the quote was said, when, who is speaking, etc.)  The context in turn will become the information you use to create tags in your final essay.  Tags introduce quotes and are important so that your quotes aren’t just “floating” and isolated within your essays.
“Ain’t many guys travel around together…I don’t know why.  Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other” (35). When Slim first meets George and Lennie.  Slim has been around the ranch for a long time and has seen many men come and go as loners.  This quote is important because it shows why he and other characters are skeptical about G&L traveling together.  It also provides a reason as to why many people do not make connections with one another and thus, do not make friends or build relationships.

You must have at least 18-24 quotes total (3-4 from each chapter), and they must be mixed between characters—i.e. you cannot just use the same quote about “the land” from Lennie and George for the American dream theme.  Quotes also need to be spread throughout the novel—you cannot pull all of your quotes from the first two chapters.  More quotes earn more points.  The more in-depth the explanations, the more points you earn.  Worth 100 points (major grade).

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

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