Getting Started

This collection is for the teacher who needs a few introductory set pieces to start off a unit on Of Mice and Men. Included are lectures/presentations to introduce students to John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, and some of the controversial issues touched on in the novel. Students can also learn more about the life of migrant workers, young and old, during the 1930s through the small group oriented lesson plan "Migrant Workers and the Great Depression." The contextual resources within each lesson plan will help address some of the challenges of teaching Of Mice and Men as well as place the story and its characters into historical context.

Controversial Issues

Even though some of the controversial issues in Of Mice and Men may not seem as controversial today as they were in the 1930s, students still need to be prepared for what they will encounter in the classroom.

Of Mice and Men Introduction

Through a brief, customizable, PowerPoint presentation, students will be introduced to John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, its characters, the setting, and the contextual background - including the Great Depression.

Migrant Workers and the Great Depression - Leaving Home

Several hundred thousand people fled North and West during the 1930s. Yet these regions were not immune from the effects of the Depression. Why then did so many people uproot their lives and head to California and the West? Using first hand accounts archived in the Library of Congress, students will attempt to help answer this question.