We get to watch Gary Sinise and John Malkovich perform in the BEST MOVIE EVER, Of Mice and Men. This will help you understand the book a little better, but watch for differences.
For Friday's TEST, you need to know:
It is OUTSIDE READING BOOK DAY!!
This is a day where I encourage students to bring a book to class that they actually want to read. There is no grade attached to this except one homework grade to bring and read a book at their reading level. What benefit is it to read a book for fun??
Have a great weekend!
Yes, we took a quiz. There were five questions, so each was worth twenty points. I gave ten points if you got the answer correct and ten points if you had the type of sentence correct.
Crooks and the other men in Steinbeck's novel live in a time period where Blacks were no longer slaves, but were not welcomed in the upper echelons of society. They were forced to do menial tasks like housework and hard labor, and were not allowed, as a general rule, to have positions of political power. It wasn't until 1947 that Jackie Robinson, an exceptionally talented hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was allowed to play on a team that was not a segregated black team.
So here we have Crooks, a man who grew up in California in the 1920s and didn't know, until his father taught him, that Blacks and Whites did not mix well together in their culture. Now that he is older, he is figuring out the facts about racism in the United States.
Why do you think that Steinbeck describes Crooks this way? What is the author's view of Blacks in California in 1930s
Curley's wife is unnamed in Steinbeck's novella. Hmmm. Why do you think that is?
The answer is 3.
In class today, we had a TIMED open book quiz on chapter 2. Then we silently read chapter 3; the study questions for this are due tomorrow. Be ready for some good discussion!
So today was your Steinbeck quiz. If you didn't get the notes, click here to get them. Also, we will be filling in a worksheet from Chapter One.
A review of the day:
1. We know that John Steinbeck is a naturalist who believes that nature and humanity are intertwined. So we are going to look at the fact that Steinbeck describes happy environmental moments always corresponding to happy human moments.
2. George is a small, strong "bindlestiff" who takes care of Lennie and has since they were kids.
3. Lennie is LARGE. He is developmentally disabled and has the mind of a 1st grader (ish). LOOK FOR Steinbeck to compare him to animals because of his strength and his "innocence".
STEINBECK QUIZ PLUS QUESTIONS FROM CHAPTER ONE