Learning Object: Text Analysis, Of Mice and Men


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Learning Object: Text Analysis, Of Mice and Men

  1. 1. YEAR 11 ENGLISH Of Mice and Men
  2. 2. Novel Summary“Of Mice and Men “ by John Steinbeck is a novella,first published in 1937, set in the California valleyalong the Salinas River. The story begins with thetwo main characters, George Milton, and his friendLennie Small, on their way to jobs at a ranch. Thereader learns very quickly that these men have aunique relationship, with George taking on the roleas carer for Lennie due to the fact he has mildretardation. As the plot unfolds we learn thebackground story to these men, their hopes anddreams for the future and we learn of their struggleto survive in an unforgiving society.
  3. 3. CharactersGeorge Lennie Slim CandyCrooks Curley Curley’s Wife Carlson
  4. 4. Themes The American Dream •A little bit of land, their own crops and animals – George and Lennie dream of independence. Many of the men criticise this dream; however, when asked to join in, many jump at the chance. Friendship •What Lennie and George have is unique most of the men in the story live lonely lives, trusting nobody; however, Steinbeck shows us that what they have is valuable. The Harsh Realities of Life •Descriptions of the Bunkhouse •Lennie’s treatment by society
  5. 5. Literary Techniques andDevices Foreshadowing • The misunderstanding in Weed • Lennie uncertain of his strength • Candy and his Dog Dialogue • It is through conversation that we learn about the characters ,the action, and the setting. Imagery • Descriptions of nature • Descriptions of the characters and their personalities.
  6. 6. Writing an Analytical EssayKnowledge and •Develop an argument that shows your understanding Understanding of text and the way it was created. Analysis •develop a point of view, connecting ideas from the text to your essay question. Application •support that view through close textual references and analysisCommunication •Write a well planned and well structure essay that answer the essay question.
  7. 7. Writing an Analytical Essay • Essay titles come in two types, the specific and the general. QUESTION • Write your selected question or thesis statement at the start of your essay • Say how you intend to approach the question,INTRODUCTION define terms, outline the points you intend to elaborate on in the order you plan to tackle them • take each point you have outlined in the MAIN BODY introduction and discuss it using evidence from the text and quotes as support. • This single paragraph pulls together the parts of CONCLUSION your argument in a summary, do not include new information here
  8. 8. Writing an Analytical EssaySTAGE 1 STAGE 2Analyse thequestion. Define STAGE 3key terms and Outline, in pointideas and rewrite form, the main STAGE 4 ideas for each Begin writing.these in your own Ensure that eachwords to ensure paragraph. This Proof read your means your paragraph has athat you topic sentence, essay and let it situnderstand. introduction, main for a while – you body and clear argument and that this is may find errors conclusion later. Submit it for supported with evidence. drafting prior to the due date.
  9. 9. Analytical EssayStudents complete an analytical essay onone of the questions below: In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, how does the author use contrasting characters to explore ideas? What are the central themes of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and how are these portrayed in the text?
  10. 10. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, how does the author use contrasting characters to explore ideas?George Lennie Slim Curley Curley’sCarlson Candy Crooks Wife
  11. 11. What are the central themes in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and how are these portrayed in the text?•well have a big vegetable •"Guys like us, that work on •We’re gonna go in an’ seepatch and a rabbit hutch and ranches, are the loneliest guys the boss. Now, look—I’ll give chickens. And when it rainsin in the world. They got no him the work tickets, but you the winter, well just say the family. They dont belong no ain’t gonna say a word. You hell with goin to work, and place....With us it aint like that. jus’ stand there and don’t saywell build up a fire in the stove We got a future. We got nothing. If he finds out what a and set around it an listen to somebody to talk to that gives crazy bastard you are, we the raincomin down on the a damn about us.“ (Pg.13) won’t get no job, but if he roof...‘(Pg.14) sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we’re set." (Pg.44) The HarshThe American Friendship Realities ofDream Life