“Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck

In today’s lesson you will learn about the social
and economic context of the novel. ...
Published in 1937
The Great Depression

• In 1929, the Stock
Exchange Crashed.
• People panicked and
withdrew their money
from the bank.
• T...
This picture was taken in America in 1930.
What does the picture tell you about what was happening in the USA at the
time?
Put yourself in their shoes...
What might have motivated these men to advertise themselves in this way?
A picture paints a thousand words.

Why do you think the photographer was inspired to take this picture?
What point do you...
Migrant workers
As men tried to
find work, they
had to move
from place to
place, taking
anything that
was available.
Often...
We are going to watch a number of clips from films set during the
Great Depression in order to develop a good understandin...
Clip 1 – It’s a Wonderful
Clip 2 – ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’
Clip 3 – Annie the Musical

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bOH8ABpco
Clip 4 – Cinderella Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlbHzcH4VJY
What have we learned?
Write a paragraph explaining the difficulties
faced by the American public during the
1930s and what...
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  1. 1. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck In today’s lesson you will learn about the social and economic context of the novel. This will help you to understand the plot, characters and theme more fully when we begin reading the novel.
  2. 2. Published in 1937
  3. 3. The Great Depression • In 1929, the Stock Exchange Crashed. • People panicked and withdrew their money from the bank. • This caused the economy to collapse. • This period of history has been called The Great Depression.
  4. 4. This picture was taken in America in 1930. What does the picture tell you about what was happening in the USA at the time?
  5. 5. Put yourself in their shoes... What might have motivated these men to advertise themselves in this way?
  6. 6. A picture paints a thousand words. Why do you think the photographer was inspired to take this picture? What point do you think he is trying to make?
  7. 7. Migrant workers As men tried to find work, they had to move from place to place, taking anything that was available. Often it was hard labour. Try to describe a migrant worker’s experience at this time. Some left their families behind and sent them money and others took their families with them, sleeping anywhere they could.
  8. 8. We are going to watch a number of clips from films set during the Great Depression in order to develop a good understanding of the context of the novel we are about to read. Causes of difficulties Difficulties faced by faced by American American people people The ways people responded to/ dealt with these difficulties
  9. 9. Clip 1 – It’s a Wonderful
  10. 10. Clip 2 – ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’
  11. 11. Clip 3 – Annie the Musical http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0bOH8ABpco
  12. 12. Clip 4 – Cinderella Man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlbHzcH4VJY
  13. 13. What have we learned? Write a paragraph explaining the difficulties faced by the American public during the 1930s and what the consequences of these difficulties were for American society.

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