Last week’s Instagram Challenge was a moderate success (more details to follow in a separate blog post later this week), and my freshmen are connecting nicely with Lennie and George from John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men. They’re getting to know Crooks this weekend and will hate Curley’s Wife when I see them Monday morning.
This week, we celebrate Veterans’ Day on Wednesday, so there’ll be a mid-week break in the action. We’re moving at a pretty fast clip this week and next in order to finish all of our Of Mice and Men-related activities and writing assignments before we leave for Thanksgiving break on Nov. 20. (My district takes the full week of Thanksgiving off – yet one more reason to be thankful.) Honors kids can handle this week’s heavy reading load, but I would’ve definitely slowed the pace/planned my November calendar differently if I were teaching my regular college-prep freshmen this year.
Okay, here’s the plan:
Open with a five-minute M.U.G. Shot (Mechanics, Usage, Grammar) Monday mini-lecture/bell-ringer.
Review answers from this weekend’s Analogies worksheet.
Quiz on this past weekend’s reading of ch. 4 from Of Mice and Men and full-class discussion of the chapter.
Begin reading ch. 5 aloud to the students (great tension will build in that barn) and assign them to finish the book on their own.
For HW, students need to finish reading ch. 5 and 6 of the novella.
Open with a five-minute Lit. Term Tuesday mini-lecture/bell-ringer.
Group grief counseling class discussion of the end of the novel.
Team of two activity where students will analyze Robert Burns’ poem, “To a Mouse,” the source material from which Steinbeck borrowed his title.
Begin viewing the 1992 film version of Of Mice and Men, as time allows.
No HW tonight in observation of tomorrow’s federal holiday.
Wednesday – Veterans’ Day
Open with a ten-minute Words on Wednesday (Thursday) vocabulary mini-lecture/bell-ringer.
Continue viewing the Of Mice and Men film.
For HW, students need only to remember to bring their S.S.R. books.
Finish viewing the Of Mice and Men film and catalog the differences between the film and the novella. Discuss the different tones and messages created by the filmmaker’s choices.
Students will use any remaining class time to read their S.S.R. books.
For HW, students will be assigned to complete a Common Core-style test prep assignment, which we’ll go over on Monday.
And that’ll leave just one more week until Thanksgiving vacation, but who’s counting? Oh, that’s right, we all are. Stay strong, everyone, and teach on!