The best laid plans of mice and men have gone really well in G9 this week! With just five weeks to go before the literature exam, we have begun revising Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice and Men’. As a class, we haven’t studied for a year, so we started off with a quiz:

Students did brilliantly, with most getting all of the correct answers, even quoting chapter numbers and providing additional information.

After the quiz, Miss Ryan divided the class into groups for us to produce revision materials, here are the categories:

Settings: Salinas Valley (Chapter 1 and 6), The Bunkhouse, Crooks’ Room.

Themes: Prejudice, Loneliness, Friendship, Death.

Context: American Dream, Migrant Workers, The Great Depression.

Characters: George and Lennie, Curley, Curley’s Wife, Candy, Slim, Crooks.

Timeline: Chapters 1 to 6.

We worked independently to produce a revision aid on a piece of A4 plain paper. Our only guidance was to think about the assessment objectives to inform what information we put on. We were encouraged to explore and analyse, rather than simply recall and regurgitate information.

Here is what we came up with:

Characters:

Themes:

Context:

Settings:

We also have an ‘Of Mice and Men’ display in the room, with handy revision aids made by the year ten group who have just completed a controlled assessment on ‘Of Mice and Men’.

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