Of Mice and Men Journal Prompts

Instructor: Angela Janovsky

Angela has taught middle and high school English, Business English and Speech for nine years. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and has earned her teaching license.

Looking for ideas to activate students' writing and critical thinking skills? If so, then read this lesson to discover ideas for creative journal prompts to use while reading John Steinbeck's novel, ~'Of Mice and Men.~'

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is the tale of two friends' journey to find work in California during the midst of the Great Depression. Since you are teaching or have taught this unit already, you know all the major themes and motifs from this novel. Let's just take a brief moment to review the general plot before we dive into journal topics.

First, we have Lennie, a dim-witted giant of a farmhand with too much strength for his own good. Next we have George, another farmhand who travels with Lennie and acts as his guardian and protector. The two friends cling to the idea of one day owning their own farm; however, the barriers for that dream turn out to be too much to overcome. The themes of loneliness and power play a large role in the eventual heart-wrenching ending.

Ok, now let's get into the specific ideas you can use for writing prompts.

Journal Prompts

Though a short piece of writing, Of Mice and Men deals with profound and deep concepts. The roles of loneliness and power are just a few of the many themes displayed throughout the plot. One way to activate your students' minds when it comes to these themes is via a reading journal, which requires students to write about their thoughts or opinions on the reading material.

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