Focus: How does Steinbeck characterize George, Lennie, and the minor characters?
1. Warming up: As you walk in, grab one card from the Lennie box and one card from the George box (if you get a card that just has a name on it, toss it back)
Listening to the Lennies and the Georges and drawing a few larger conclusions on the blog:
Steinbeck develops George as a character who ______________ but also _________________.
Steinbeck develops Lennie as a character who ______________ but also _________________.
As we perform Chapter 2 today, try to add one observation of George or Lennie in Chapter 2 (and a quotation to back it up) that relates to the Chapter 1 observation and quotation on the card.
For example: If the card has an observation and quotation about Lennie's motivation, try to find something in Chapter 2 that deepens or reinforces your understanding of Lennie's motivation.
2. Performing the second half of Chapter 2 together
3. Developing a ranch hierarchy: Which characters seem to have the most power, and which ones have the least? What determines power on the ranch?
George, Lennie, the boss, Candy (the old swamper), Carlson, Slim, Curley (the boss's son), Curely's wife, the stable buck
Trying out one more thesis statement on the blog:
On the ranch in Of Mice and Men, characters demonstrate/achieve power by _________________________, but they demonstrate weakness by ____________________.
4. Listening to the opening of Chapter 3 together
1. Please read through the bottom of page 48 and fill out an entire side of a reading journal or five annotations for this portion of Chapter 3.
2. Independent reading.