Of Mice and Men collection

Resources team
16th November 2017
Image of wheat depicting life in the fields for characters in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men

Explore this challenging novel with your KS3 classes using these resources

While John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is no longer on the GCSE specification, this well-regarded text is still valuable and engaging for younger secondary students, as it covers universal themes of fate, loneliness and dreaming of a better future. As you delve into George and Lennie's pursuit of the American Dream, why not check out these tried-and-tested activities, workbooks and supportive materials?


Of Mice and Men Revision Quiz

Of Mice and Men revision quiz, covering characters, events, quotes
By emmaherod

Of Mice and Men Comprehension Activity Booklet!

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.

All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on a separate document (included).
By TandLGuru

Of Mice and Men revision card game

Fun and addictive ‘Of Mice and Men’ revision tool that lasts 30-40 minutes to help students revise themes and quotes.

Students play as either George, Lennie, Candy or Curley and the aim is to achieve their dream. They play through 40 event cards, which will give them plus or minus DPs (dream points). If they can achieve positive DPs by the end of the game then they achieve their dream. If they don’t then they are doomed to a migrant worker life of working for other people.

This game helps students to revise key events in the book, important quotes and presses them to consider the challenges that characters face to achieve their dreams. Reflection questions for students are included.

This could easily be played multiple times, as each time there will be a different outcome to the game, and this will help to embed students’ knowledge of key quotes and themes.

It is a print and play game. It is quick and easy to cut out. I would suggest laminating for quick further use, however this is not required. The only additional materials you will need are one die per game and scrap paper for students to keep track of their scores.

- How to play card
- Character profiles sheet
- Event cards
- Reflection questions

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By LikeAnExpert

Of Mice and Men - Context: The American Dream and The Great Depression

This engaging and interesting lesson aims to improve students' knowledge of the social, historical, and cultural context of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. It also aims to build their skills in creating clear and specific links between the text and it's context, focusing on a specific extract from the novel.

The lesson uses a range of tasks, that require students to use their visual and interactive skills. It follows this learning journey:
- Understanding what dreams are and how they differ for each of us;
- Defining the American Dream, The Wall Street Crash and The Great Depression;
- Creating a timeline which visually depicts the other influential events of the time;
- Reading and reflecting on an extract from the text;
- Analysing the links between texts and contexts, from a success criteria;
- Evaluating each others' analytical attempts.

All images in this resource are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the lesson presentation.

You can choose to buy this resource alone, or as part of the 'Of Mice and Men - All Lessons and Scheme' bundle, which contains seven full lessons, resources, teachers notes, and PowerPoint presentations, plus a Pointless Of Mice and Men game, for just £5!
By TandLGuru

Of Mice and Men quote bank

Quote bank relating characters and themes in Of Mice and Men.

Looks better printed out in A3 but just as good in A4.
By DivineMagic

Pointless - Of Mice and Men Edition

Based on the popular game show 'Pointless', this resource is perfect for use as a starter activity, plenary, or revision tool. Editable, so that you can change to any other topic or change questions. Containing almost 30 slides of sound clips, engaging visuals, and suitably challenging questions, this resource is effective at both promoting engagement and enhancing learning. There are several full rounds of questions to build learning of Of Mice and Men:
1. The characters in Of Mice and Men
2. Quotations from the text
3. Settings, themes, and objects
4. Animals in Of Mice and Men
The nature of the game ensures that this resource can challenge students of all levels.
By TandLGuru

Of Mice and Men - Escape Room

A very detailed Of Mice and Men Escape Room lesson that includes five mysteries that students work together in groups to solve. As they work together to move on to each new mystery, they look at character, plot, themes and context so that they can consolidate their learning and improve their understanding of these key areas. Perfect for engaging students and a lot of fun to teach, too! Includes differentiated activities

By Lead_Practitioner

Of Mice and Men - Low Ability SOL

A set of 27 PowerPoints aimed at a low ability year 9 class.
Ideal for students to prepare for GCSEs.
Reading each lesson.
Key quotations throughout.
Scaffold for exam style answers.
By amd26

Of Mice and Men - Assessment Review

A fully differentiated lesson that helps students to improve their answers to a KS3-style assessment question on how John Steinbeck develops setting at the very beginning of Of Mice and Men. Includes differentiated activities and notes for students to use in order to improve their own answers. Easily adapted for other year groups and with a range of activities useful for KS3 and GCSE.

By Lead_Practitioner

Of Mice and Men - Homework Menu

6 weeks of homework tasks - with the choice from 7 different categories:
- analysis
- creative writing
- non fiction writing
- themes and ideas
- poetry
- context
- creative

Clear instructions on back of the sheet.

My students really embraced the challenge that this homework menu allowed - I hope yours do too.
By amybrumby

Descriptive writing - Of Mice and Men

This lesson is based on the SAMOSA techniques used with the opening of section 2 in Of Mice and Men. Pupils annotate, analyse and use this knowledge to create their own piece of descriptive writing. Used with a top set year 9 (low achieving school) but easily adaptable.
By mratcliffe88

Of Mice and Men

Use this revision grid for any questions that may ask you to think about CHARACTER or PLOT
By suelanger

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