1. Many characters in Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men are plagued by loneliness and alienation and are searching for friendship and acceptance. Write a response that explains how three of the characters are plagued by loneliness and alienation and are searching for friendship and acceptance.

2. Loneliness. Many of the characters in Of Mice and Men seem lonely.  Why are various characters lonely, and how does it affect them?

(Hint: these topics are essentially the same but phrased differently)

English 9

Current Content: Unit 1

Vocabulary

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Of Mice and Men

Chapter 1
Comprehension
1. In what part of the country does the novel take place¿time period?
2. List words that describe Lennie.
3 .List words that describe George.
4. To what animal is Lennie compared to?
5. Why were George and Lennie run out of weed?
6. What things Lennie do and say that make him like a child?
7. Where does George tell Lennie to hide if he gets in trouble?
Interpretation
1. How does Steinbeck convey Lennie animal-like qualities (#4 above)?
2. Why does Steinbeck describe the actions of Lennies hands (foreshadowing the importance)?
3. What is George attitude toward Lennie in this section¿why does he stay with Lennie?
4. Explain the connection between Lennie's mouse and what happened in Weed.
5. Describe George's dream in this section.

Chapter 2
Comprehension
1. Who greets George and Lennie at the bunkhouse?
2. What unusual habits did Whitey have?
3. Why does George answer all the questions directed to Lennie?
4. How does the boss react to George's friendship with Lennie?
5. What excuse does George give for Lennie's slowness?
6. What does Curley think about George and Lennie's traveling together?
7. What does the swamper mean by the statement “Curley's pretty handy?"
8. What uneasy feeling does George have about Curley's wife?
9. Why is the stable buck set apart from other men(not just race)?
10. Is Candy's opinion of Curley wife justified?

CHAPTER 3
1. What kind act does Slim do for Lennie?
2. How does Slim react to Lennie and Goerge's traveling together?
3. Why do you think George told Slim about what happened in Weed?
4. What is Carlson's solution to the problem of the dog?
5. What role does Candy play in helping George and Lennie try to buy land?
6. Why does Curley attack Lennie? What happens to Curley?
7. What does George's conversation with Slim reveal about his past treatment of and present
feelings toward Lennie?
8. Does George's dream seem any more realistic now? Explain.
9. What comparisons does Candy make between his own condition and his dog's? How does
this relate to the idea of responsibility (mercy killing)?

CHAPTER 4
1. Name four of the possessions that Crooks has in his room.
2. What does Crooks say happens to a guy if he gets too lonely?
3. What does Crooks offer in return for joining George, Lennie, and Candy on the dream
farm?
4. What is Crooks’ reaction to the threats of Curley’s wife?
5. What does Curley’s wife say is her husband’s main topic of conversation?
6. At the end of this chapter, what has Candy done to make George angry?
7. What does the description of Crooks’ room reveal about its occupant?
8. Why is Crooks’ name appropriate?
9. Why does Crooks allow Lennie to enter his room?
10. How do Crooks’ words to Lennie about loneliness reinforce this theme of the novel?
11. What is Crooks’ reaction to the dream of the farm?
12. Show how Candy’s comments to Crooks and Lennie relate the dream of the land to
Steinbeck’s theme of economic exploitation.
13. How does the behavior of Curley’s wife seem deliberately designed to provoke the men?


August 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
August 19 Pupil Free Day August 26 ELPAC Training
August 20 First day for students August 27 Contract, Part 1
August 21 Bookroom August 28 Contract, Part 2, Schoology Login
August 22 Book Introduction and first labeling August 29 Music for My Mother Discussion and summary
August 23 Schoology, Seating Chart, Music for My Mother  

Music for My Mother Audio

A Quilt of a Country Audio

The Immigrant Contributionn Audio

American History Audio

September 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
September 3 A Quilt of a Country, pg. 17, 1-6 September 17 Rules of the Game by Amy Tan
September 4 A Quilt of a Country Discussion and Corrections September 18 Rules of the Game Rules of the Game PDF
September 5 The Immigrant Contribution by John F. Kennedy (Schoolwide Fire Drill) September 19 Two Kinds by Amy Tan Two Kinds PDF
September 6 The Immigrant Contribution September 20 Two Kinds, Introduction to Vocabulary
September 9 American History by Judith Ortiz Cofer September 23 Freshmen Presentation - Ms. Reeves, The Joy Luck Club
September 10 American History September 24 The Joy Luck Club
September 11 American History September 25 The Joy Luck Club
September 12 Non-Fiction Narrative: How is an 'American' Identity created? (Pearson) September 26 The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant The Necklace PDF
September 13 With a Little Help From My Friends by Firoozeh Dumas September 27 The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
September 16 Ms. Reeves Presentation: High School Advice  

- The Necklace PDF
- Marigolds PDF

- Where Have You Gone, Billy Charming? PDF

October 2019
Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
October 1 The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell October 17 The Sniper Play Casting and Blocking
October 2 The Most Dangerous Game October 18 The Sniper Class Performance
October 3 Marigolds by Eugenia Collier Marigolds PDF October 19 The Sniper Final
October 4 Cornell Notes Introduction October 21 The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connel The Most Dangerous Game PDF
October 7 Where Have You Gone, Billy Charming? by Tim O'brien October 23 The Most Dangerous Game
October 8 The Sniper October 24  
October 9 The Sniper October 25  
October 10 The Sniper Vocabulary and Context Clue Discussion October 28  
October 11 Group Storyboard Project for The Sniper, Reading Comprehension Questions October 29  
October 14 Group Storyboard Project, Play Casting and Planning October 30 Of Mice and Men Ch, 1
October 15 September 11 Historical Context / Group Storyboard Introduction October 31 Annabelle Lee, The Raven
October 16 PSAT  

- The Necklace PDF
- The Most Dangerous Game PDF
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Two Kinds PDF
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Rules of the Game PDF
- The Cask of Amontillado PDF
- The Black Cat PDF

The Sniper
1.What do you think ? What were your first thoughts at the end of the story ?       
2. Why is the sniper on the roof ?
3. How does the snipers arm become injured ?
4. What trick does the sniper play on the the other gunman ?
5. In your opinion, does the sniper have any other choice than to kill the man on the opposite roof? Give reasons for your answer.
6. How do you think the sniper would justify killing the old woman?
7. How do you think the sniper feels about what he is doing?
- the description of his eyes at the beginning of the story
- his first reaction to shooting the other gunman
- his reactions while watching the other gunman fall
8. In your opinion, which of the details that you listed in your readers notebook contribute most to the suspense in this story ?
9. Critics Corner One critic has said that “ O’Flaherty’s characters are marked by wild mood swings and often by bizarre, contradictory behavior...” Did you find any evidence of mood swings or contradictory behavior in O’Flaherty’s characterization of the sniper ? Explain your answer.
10. Connect to Life In this story , a civil war turns brothers into enemies. Can you imagine any issue that would be important enough to make a family member your enemy ? Think about the list of issues you made earlier, then discuss your thoughts.

Storyboards

Storyboard Introductory Video

Straight Outta Compton Storyboards

15 Week Grades: Late work will not be accepted after the begining of class on Wednesday, November 6

November 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
November 1 Of Mice and Men November 14 Of Mice and Men
November 4 Of Mice and Men Ch. 2 November 15 Of Mice and Men
November 5 Of Mice and Men Ch. 3 November 18 Thesis Statement Workshop
November 6 Of Mice and Men Ch. 3 November 19 Body Paragraph Workshop
November 7 Of Mice and Men Ch.4 November 20 Body Paragraph First Draft Due
November 8 Of Mice and Men November 21 First Draft Due! (handwritten), Peer Editing Workshop
November 12 Of Mice and Men November 22 Final Draft Due at start of class! Hypothetical Corrections
November 13 Of Mice and Men  

20 Week Grades: Late work will not be accepted after the begining of class on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December 2019

Date Assignment / Activity Date Assignment / Activity
December 2 Informational Text Annotations December 12 Thesis and Quotes Due, Body Paragraph Workshop
December 3 Of Mice and Men December 13 Body Paragraph First Draft Due
December 4 Of Mice and Men December 16 Rough Draft Due
December 5 Of Mice and Men Ch. 5 December 17 Revisions and Editin Wrokshop
December 6 Of Mice and Men December 18 Finals (Per. 1 & 6)
December 9 Of Mice and Men December 19 Finals (Per. 2 & 3)
December 10 Of Mice and Men December 20 Finals (Per. 4 &5)
December 11 Thesis Statement Workshop