Of Mice and Men Theme Analysis Activity


Highly engaging Of Mice and Men group activity for students to analyze six different themes in the novel and create a group one pager to showcase their understanding!

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Print and digital versions available!

  • PDF
  • Google™ Slides

Lesson Pages:

1. Theme Info Sheet defining theme topic vs theme statement.

  • Theme topic: broad repeated throughout (ex: adventure)
  • Theme statement: message/lesson the author reveals through the theme topic (ex: Adventure can sometimes keep you from the people you love the most.)

2. Theme Analysis Handouts

  • Students are broken into six groups based on the following theme topics:
    • American Dream
    • Responsibility
    • Power
    • Insecurity
    • Loneliness
    • Friendship
  • Students have to identify specific evidence showing the theme topic and explain how the evidence relates to the theme.
  • Students create a theme statement about what message/lesson Steinbeck tries to reveal through the theme topic.

3. Assessment

  • Students have to complete the same handout individually for the theme topic Loyalty.

4. Optional Group One Pager for Theme

  • A one-pager a single page response allowing students to showcase their understanding of a topic, text, concept, etc.
  • Students use their theme analysis handout to create a one pager on a poster. Example one pagers are included!
  • Six student one pager examples are included!


File Type: PDF & Google Slides

Editable: No

Total Pages: 34

Content Pages: 25



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