Of Mice and Men Chapter 1 Activity – Mimic Steinbeck’s Writing Style

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In this engaging Of Mice and Men chapter 1 activity, students analyze the opening of chapter 1 for Steinbeck’s writing style, specifically his use of imagery. Students use this analysis to mimic Steinbeck’s writing style by writing their own description of a nature image incorporating imagery.

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Students will:

  • Analyze the opening of chapter 1 (the nature scene).
  • Learn the definition of imagery and its relation to the 5 senses.
  • Identify examples of imagery and which of the 5 senses are being appealed to.
  • Analyze Steinbeck’s writing style through his use of imagery.
  • Analyze a nature scene so that students can create their own description of it using Steinbeck’s writing style/incorporating imagery.

Print and digital versions available!

  • PDF
  • Google™ Slides

Lesson Pages:

1. Teacher Directions

2. Warm-Up

  • Students assess their background knowledge on imagery.

3. Passage Analysis

  • Students analyze the opening of chapter 1 (nature description) identifying examples of imagery.
  • Students analyze how Steinbeck uses imagery to establish time (season/time of day) and place (setting).

4. Nature Scene Analysis

  • A picture of a nature scene is provided for students to analyze.
  • Students create examples of imagery describing the image.

5. Mimic Steinbeck’s Writing Style Worksheet

  • Students write a description of the image using Steinbeck’s writing style (specifically focusing on his use of imagery to describe nature and to create a sense of time and place).

6. Rubric

  • Details what the students are supposed to include in their description of the nature scene.

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File Type: Zip file with PDF, Word Docs & link to Google Slides

Editable: Partially – One Word doc and one slide in the Digital Version is editable.

Total Pages: 36

Content Pages: 26

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