On Monday this week, students finished writing a “personal narrative” or memoir based on their reading of the stories, “Through the Tunnel,” “The Golden Lie,” “The Bass, the River and Sheila Mant,” and the poem “Those Snowy Sundays.”
The assignment is: Write a one-page (handwritten, or 3/4 page typed) story about an event or experience in your life that taught you a lesson about yourself, other people, or life in general. The grading criteria and the assignment were posted to Google classroom.
We watched an introduction to the author John Steinbeck from the website biography.com. You can watch it and take notes in your notebook. Here is the link: John Steinbeck bio
After that, we watched a brief clip of the opening scene from the movie version of “Of Mice and Men.” After watching the scene we had a brief discussion about what we know about the characters based on what we had just seen. Then, students read Chapter 1 of the book for homework. You can view the scene by checking this link: Of Mice and Men Movie Clip
Today, Thursday, students began reading Chapter 2 in class and filling out character charts as they read. We had a quick talk about how we find out about characters while we read. The rest of Chapter 2 is assigned as homework.
Tomorrow the classes will begin a discussion of setting and what may have influenced Steinbeck’s writings. Yay!