Of Mice and Men Reading Schedule

We will begin the novel Monday 04/10.  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. 

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.

Reading Schedule: Subject to change

  • Chapter 1 (pages 1-16), Monday 04/10
  • Chapters 2-3 (17-65), Tuesday 04/11-Wednesday 04/12
  • Quiz Chapters 1-3, Tuesday 04/18
  • Chapter 4 (66-83), Tuesday 04/18
  • Chapters 5-6 (84-107), Wednesday 04/19
  • Quiz Chapters 4-6, Thursday 04/20
  • 15-20 Split-Quotes Due Friday 04/21 Monday 04/24 – worth 100 points
  • Seminar Monday 04/24 & Tuesday 04/25: Is George’s final act in the novel an act of friendship or selfishness?
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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).

Khan Academy Test Prep

1st: Open your Chromebook and RESTART it.

2nd: Follow directions below.

3rd: LOG OFF AT THE END OF THE HOUR BEFORE RETURNING CHROMEBOOK TO THE CART – click your image icon in the bottom left corner & LOG OFF!!!

Use this PDF link link and login to Khan Academy and using your school Google account.  If you haven’t signed up yet in other classes, ‘create a new account’ at the bottom & use your SHS Google information so you can log in the remainder of the week prior to next Wednesday’s SAT.

You can also take some practice tests through the College Board site without logging in.

Here’s some tutorials and access to an SAT app as well.

You can also take practice test through Varsity Tutors.

Gatsby Quotes & SAT Prep

Students looked through an electronic text version of The Great Gatsby and found quotes over the three primary characters.  Students emailed Borger quotes on Tuesday, 03/28 at the end of class. She compiled quotes and shared that as a Google doc with students who submitted homework electronically. For those who did not, here is a  list of Gatsby Quotes compiled by peers across both classes.

Gatsby character projects are due Thursday 03/30 at the end of class.

As you finish, go to Khan Academy and login using your school Google account.  If you haven’t signed up yet in other classes, ‘create a new account’ at the bottom & use your SHS Google information so you can log in the remainder of the week prior to next Wednesday’s SAT.

You can also take some practice tests through the College Board site without logging in.

Here’s some tutorials and access to an SAT app as well.

You can also take practice test through Varsity Tutors.

The Great Gatsby Character Projects

Students will then crate a poster, collage, or other artistic representation of their favorite character(s) from The Great Gatsby.  Projects need to be primarily visual and can be 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional.  Students need to incorporate 6 specific quotes which provide insights to the character and/or show how that character transforms/changes (or stays the same) over the course of the text. Quotes can be embedded into the project or you can attach quotes to a finished piece as shown in class.

Students can search a complete version of The Great Gatsby They have already read excerpts of the novel, but can use the “Ctrl + f” function to search for a character’s name within a chapter to find quotes for this project.

We will be using Chromebooks to gather quotes on Monday & Tuesday.  Any student on any other site besides those related to The Great Gatsby will turn-in their Chromebook & will be given a hard copy of the text instead. 

Students need to turn in quotes to Borger by Tuesday 03/28/17.

Final character projects are worth 100 points and will be due Thursday 3/30/17.  Late projects will be docked 10% each day late and will not be accepted beyond Monday 04/03/17.

The Great Gatsby

Students will begin watching The Great Gatsby in class. Students who miss viewing days may need to make up the work by reading chapters from the novel so make an effort to be in class this week. 

Students will complete a character sheet analyzing how characters are dressed, what they say, how they act, how others react to them, etc. This will be due at the end of each day for points.

Students will complete a character project at the end of the week, analyzing the personality traits & symbolism of one character from the film.