Of Mice & Men Essential Questions

Instructor: Jocelyn Cherry

Jocelyn has taught Special Education for over two decades and has three post secondary degrees all in the field of Education.

This lesson will provide essential questions from the Steinbeck classic that will require students weigh evidence, support their ideas, and stimulate on-going rethinking of big ideas, assumptions, and prior lessons.

Of Mice and Men Themes

John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is a classic story with varying themes. Loyalty, loneliness, love, friendship, pursuit of the 'American dream', etc. Everyone who reads this great novel has a different opinion of the overarching concept of the book, which is okay!

Steinbeck often intertwines social hierarchy with a hint of fate, coupled with man's choices within a setting of limited free will. Stereotypes of gender, race, social class, and intelligence are abound. As students read, they will discover that the prevalent themes Steinbeck penned are always relevant, because such traits are present in all of us regardless of the time period.

Essential Questions in the Classroom

Essential questions are genuine questions designed to solicit inquiry into the big ideas and core content, provoke deep thought, instigate lively discussion, and develop new understanding of content. This lesson provides essential questions that you can use in the classroom when teaching Of Mice and Men.

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