John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Book Discussion: Flexible Schedule

Janelle Fila
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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
In this 5-week course, students will read and discuss John Steinbeck's Depression-era novella Of Mice and Men #academic

Class experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Week One: the first chapter
Week Two: the second chapter
Week Three: the third chapter
Week Four: the fourth chapter
Week Five: the final two chapters
I have a Master's Degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. I was a substitute teacher for three years before teaching full-time on Outschool for multiple years. I remember when my son, a reluctant reader, first read Of Mice and Men in school. We had many interesting conversations about the characters and their actions, conversations that would not have been possible without this story opening my son's eyes to these issues. I hope to bring that level of awareness into the discussion with your students as well. Steinbeck's stories can be shocking in their honesty, but he raises questions that need to be answered (and solutions that need to be questioned). I am excited to read Of Mice and Men alongside your student to see what emotions, feelings, and gut reactions Steinbeck's story stirs up for them.
Homework Offered
Students will read 1-2 short chapters a week on their own time. Each Sunday, students will have access to the new video and a corresponding one page worksheet with discussion questions and places for fill-in-the blank answers. Each week, I assign a short writing assignment focused around that week's discussion questions and ask the students to share their responses in the classroom. There are also daily activities each day like vocabulary words, an I Spy game, word searches and crossword puzzles to test their comprehension from the weekly chapters.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
The more questions, comments, and posts that students share in the classroom, the more I can understand their knowledge and comprehension of the topics we are discussing.
Grades Offered
The students will need a copy of the novella Of Mice and Men to read on their own. It can be borrowed from the library or even listened to as an audio book. The students will not need a physical copy of the story in class, although they may find it helpful to have while filling out their worksheets or working on their writing assignment. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Although one character has a mental disability that causes him to act much younger, the book's main characters are all adults. Therefore, this story is full of language, drinking, smoking, and some sexual references that are expected from Depression-era farmhands but may not be suitable for young students. This book also contains a large amount of violence, including the death of animals and the shooting of a main character by the end of the story. Although these deaths highlight and support the story's morals and values, again, it could be upsetting to younger students. recommends readers be at least 13-years-old, but both parents and students on their site recommend an age of fourteen. 

Meet the teacher

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Average rating:4.6Number of reviews:(895)
I currently teach English Composition at the collegiate level. I have a Master's degree in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults, so I teach reading and writing classes. I worked as a substitute teacher for 3 years, in all age ranges and... 
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weekly or $45 for 5 weeks
5 weeks

Completed by 5 learners
No live video meetings
Ages 13-18

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