This essay demonstrates the importance of Curley’s Wife in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and is intended for use for WJEC GCSE English Literature examination preparation. This is a revision tool that could be used be for exemplar or good practice for students studying this qualification.
A collection of Of Mice and Men lessons that are fully differentiated and resourced. Keep checking back as I add more and more resources to this collection.
This bundle includes lessons on:
Introduction and Historical Context
Slim and Chapter Three
Women in Context
Grammar and Punctuation Workshop
Escape Room Lesson
Crooks in Chapter Four
Curley’s Wife and Crooks in Chapter Four
Lennie and Curley’s Wife
Comparing Settings in Chapters One and Six
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When Lennie and Curley’s Wife talk in Chapter Five, Curley’s Wife shows a lot of different emotions and we see a different side to her personality. We analyse Curley’s Wife’s emotions through key quotations and create detailed analytical paragraphs together before peer assessing them. A really useful lesson for KS3 students with a number of activities helpful for KS4 students, too. Differentiated throughout.
Of Mice and Men Crooks and Curley’s Wife lesson that looks at how Curley’s Wife interacts with Lennie, Candy and Crooks in Chapter 4 and how Crooks responds to the treatment he receives. A fully differentiated lesson for KS3 students and useful exam preparation for English Literature exams as well.
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We look at Of Mice and Men and Chapter Two, with a focus how Steinbeck introduces the new character of Curley’s wife, Additionally, we consider how social and historical context impact on the presentation of Curley’s wife. A really useful lesson for students preparing for Literature exams but easily adaptable for younger students as well. Fully differentiated and resourced.
This bundle contains seven essential revision resources for Of Mice and Men IGCSE.
An OMAM revision card game which includes key quotes
A 10 page OMAM revision guide on loneliness
A 100 question OMAM revision quiz
A OMAM knowledge organiser
A knowledge organiser about Curley’s Wife and an activity in which students use this as a model to create knowledge organisers for the other characters in the book.
A home-learning/online resource to help students to independently learn the social context of Of Mice and Men.
25 colour flashcards for learning key quotes for OMAM.
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Using an extract from Chapter Two of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, we explore how the writer structures the introduction of Curley’s Wife to reader. We look at both the start and the end of the extract, how she is introduced and how she leaves, and consider how the writer is able to build tension in this small extract. Fully differentiated throughout and designed so students can practice answering Q3 of the AQA English Language Paper 1 exam, so useful for KS4 students, too.
A list of quotes with relevant themes, explanation, and context for the WJEC unit 1 exam, particularly the ‘essay question’, however the quotes could be applied to any Of Mice and Men essay. This may be used as essay plans for the WJEC Unit 1 exam.
The quotes cover the main characters: Lennie, George, George and Lennie’s Relationship, Curley’s Wife, Curley, Crooks, Candy, as well as the minor characters Slim, Carlson and Whit.
The themes covered are: Friendship, Disability, Racism/Prejudice, Violence and Dreams.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, includes a model essay for high ability students and includes differentiated activities for students to complete in order to push them forwards with their analytical skills and essay writing abilities. Students are given top tips for improving their essays and can use the model essay provided to improve their own pieces written as an assessment. Includes tip on using multiple quotes, weaving in context into an answer and ensuring students see characters as multi-dimensional - including Curley’s Wife! Fully differentiated throughout.
A lesson aimed at a mixed ability year 9 group. Analysing the key points about Curley's wife and how her character links to women during the 1930s.
Includes: Teacher annotations, comprehension questions, key quotation analysis, contextual links, model answer, supported essay sentence starters to complete the question "How is Curley's wife presented?" and peer assessment.
Did George have a choice? Was what he did meaningful? How do we now see Curley’s wife?
These are all the questions this lesson will take you through. With a series of engaging activites including hot seating tasks, extract analysis and class discussions.
This lesson is engaging and exciting with a bid to allow students to connect to the characters on an emotional level and understand what they might really be feeing.
I have also including an element of contextual analysis - students can see how expectations on a characters response might have differed.
This is one/two lessons depending on class ability.
A series of four lessons on chapter 2 of Of Mice and Men, looking at characters, hierarchy and building up to writing an essay - with an example.
The first of these lessons focuses on the setting, with pupils comparing the setting of the second chapter to the more tranquil and peaceful opening.
In the second lesson, pupils focus on the concept of hierarchy, and as they start to meet characters they start putting them into hierarchical order.
In the third lesson, we meet Curley’s wife and Slim, and consider how they are presented as characters that the reader is supposed to either like or dislike. There is opportunity to discuss the extent to which the reader’s opinion of Curley’s wife is tainted by the expectations we have of her following Candy’s description of her as a ‘tart’ previously.
In the fourth of these lessons, pupils plan and prepare to write an essay looking at the society of the ranch. They return to the previous ideas about ranch hierarchy and there is opportunity to see if their ideas about the hierarchy have changed now that they have read a little more: you could make this as interactive as you like, depending on the class.
I’ve provided a planning sheet with clear paragraph ideas, and an example essay that perfectly matches it: you could use it prior to writing the essay, or use it as a self-assessment tool following essay writing.
I’ve created these lessons for GCSE pupils, and they could be easily tweaked up or down to suit your group.
The essays in this pack demonstrate the importance of each of the major characters in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and is intended for use for WJEC GCSE English Literature examination preparation. This is a revision tool that could be used be for exemplar or good practice for students studying this qualification.
This pack includes essays on the following characters:
This resource booklet contains a wide range of age-appropriate, engaging, and meaningful comprehension activities for use throughout the reading of John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men.' Teachers have found them particularly useful in exam revision, comprehension tasks, or guided reading sessions. They are perfect for aiding the progress of students towards meeting the KS4 expectations within the new National Curriculum framework - this makes the tasks suitable for all examining bodies. Students have found these resources extremely engaging, and for teachers there is explicit information within each task regarding which comprehension strands the task is designed to demonstrate. They also relate to key extracts, characters, and themes from the story, ensuring that students gain a deep understanding of the text.
Activities within the booklet include:
- 'Context: The Great Depression' - to aid students with 'Drawing on knowledge of the purpose, audience and context of the writing, including its social, historical and cultural context and the literary tradition to which it belongs, to inform evaluation;'
- 'Steinbeck's Description' - to aid students with 'Analysing a writer’s choice of vocabulary, form, grammatical and structural features, and evaluating their effectiveness and impact;'
- 'Curley's Wife' - to aid students with 'Seeking evidence in the text to support a point of view, including justifying inferences with evidence;'
- 'Editing the Text' - to aid students with 'Making an informed personal response, recognising that other responses to a text are possible and evaluating these.'
Plus many, many more activities (the booklet is around 30 pages in length!) I've also added it as a PDF in case the formatting differs on your computer.
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A detailed knowledge organiser about Curley’s wife (as a pdf and Powerpoint) accompanied with an effective revision activity whereby students make their own knowledge organiser about one of the characters in the text.
The knowledge organiser includes the following sections:
How Curley’s wife links to the theme of dreams
How she links to the theme of loneliness
Historical context about treatment of women
Explanation of key quotes
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This 14-slide lesson explores Chapter 5 of John Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’.
Students are encouraged to think about the tragedy of Curley’s wife: her dual role as a both a femme fatale and a victim. The key themes of dreams and hope are considered alongside the fatal turning point in George and Lennie’s dream. A non-fiction creative task is included for students at the end of the lesson.
Questions, discussion points, and tasks are included for students.
Ideal for upper-KS3 or GCSE students.
PowerPoint saved as PDF.
As we continue our study of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, we look at what life was like for women in the 1930s and the United States in order to develop a contextual understanding of Curley’s Wife. Includes differentiated activities throughout and helps students to develop their understanding of politics, the patriarchal society, life as a householder, finding work and more. A very useful lesson for the study of American literature for KS3 students and adaptable for older students.