Author:
Jaycee
Subject:
Secondary English Language Arts, Other
Material Type:
Assessment
Level:
High School
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  • Lesson Plan
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    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
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    Text/HTML

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    Alternate Ending - Of Mice and Men

    Alternate Ending - Of Mice and Men

    Overview

    This lesson plan was made as a summative assessment after reading the American novel, Of Mice and Men. 

    It is essential that students have read the novel and have access to either an iPhone, iPad, or Mac Computer for completion of this project via the Pages App. 

    Students are often disappointed and frustrated with the ending of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, feeling that there are many other solutions to the problems of the characters. They are not alone; thousands of readers have also pled the same case. Well now, they have their chance to rewrite the ending and give George and Lennie the resolutions they think they deserve. For this assignment, they are to rewrite the final chapter using the Pages App via iPhone or iPad. 

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    Summary

    Students will create an iBook in the pages app on their iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer. This book will provide an alternate ending to the American classic, Of Mice and Men

    • This lesson can be completed face-to-face or virtual (as long as students have access to an iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer)
    • This lesson will take 3-5 class periods depending on how much time is given to students in each period
    • This lesson was created by me (Jaycee Barnhurst)

    Background for Teachers

    Before teaching this lesson, it's crucial that both the educator and the student has read the American novel, Of Mice and Men. Without completion of the novel, teachers and students will not have the necessary background information or scaffolding to complete this project/assessment. 

    If you have not read this novel, I've attached the PDF version here

    To teach this lesson, you will need a understanding of the ending of the novel (chapter 6). This understanding should be complete and thorough. 

    To teach this lesson, you will need to be familar with the Pages app on iPad or iPhone.

     

     

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

     

    Learning Intentions/Success Criteria:

    • Students will be able to create an alternate ending to Of Mice and Men using the pages app on an iPad, after reading the book in class, with at least 80% upon completion of their project. 
    • Students will write a narrative ending to Of Mice and Men, after reading the novel in class, by using voice and style to match the origianal text 100% of the time. 

     

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

     

    Student Background Knowledge

    In this section, include how you will activate student background knowledge. You may include content standards that should already be mastered, or you can use the following sentence starter to help you describe what students need to know or be able to do:

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of the book Of Mice and Men and its concepts. This lesson and project are best used after completing a unit together on the novel. It is possible for a student to complete this project after reading the novel on their own. 
    • For best results, teach this lesson/give this project upon immediate completion of the novel. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    Possible Accomodations/Activation of Background Knowledge/Scaffolding:

    • Allow student to use dictation to complete their project 
    • Allow students to use audio recordings or video in place of written word
    • Extended time for completion of project 
    • Shorten project - only require a set number of words/pictures
    • Provide a summarized version of the text with main plot points 
    • Watch the movie prior to project (movie closely follows the plot line of the book)

    Step 3 - Instruction

     

    As readers, many of you are disappointed and frustrated with the ending of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, feeling that there are many other solutions to the problems of the characters. You are not alone; thousands of readers have also pled the same case. Well now, you have your chance to rewrite the ending and give George and Lennie the resolutions you think they deserve. For this assignment, you are to rewrite the final chapter. (Standard 9-10.W.)  However, you must fulfill the following requirements.

    Requirements for the alternate ending:

    1. The story must end in a manner that does not have George killing Lennie, is believable to a previous reader who has knowledge of the original ending, and demonstrates an understanding of the plot and its characters.

    2. You must use properly punctuated dialogue to develop characters and well-structured event sequences.

    3. The voice and style of the writing needs to follow the existing fictional text form to match the rest of the story.

    4. You must write this in THIRD PERSON. No derogatory language will be allowed.

    5. Be sure to check over spelling and punctuation and be sure dialogue is used correctly.

    6. This project must be completed in the Pages app for iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer (previously covered in class). You must create a iBook that includes between 250 (min) and 750 (max) words— it must also included at least 4 (cited) images or images you have created yourself. You may also include video or audio recording to your iBook but it is not required. 

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    Step 4 - Assessments

    This lesson plan in itself is a lesson plan to teach/prepare students for the summative assessment. This lesson plan directly explains the project, Alternate Ending for Of Mice and Men, for students as they complete their project.

    During the process of completing their project, students should complete Daily Exit Slips to check for student progress as a formative assessment. Daily Exit Slips could be a variety of things, but specificially for this lesson plan I have created a Google Form students should complete prior to leaving class each day. The Google Form is linked below. Students will be asked a few quick easy questions. 

    Daily Exit Slips - Google Form

    Final Project Rubric (attached)

    Step 5 - Project Exemplar

    Attached is an example of the project students should create. This is only an example and doesn't contain all of the requirements.