Reflection: Exit Tickets Students Analyze Steinbeck's Stance on Euthanasia - Section 5: Wrap Up


I found that my students had a lot to say about their values around the topic of euthanasia. They were split in their decision of whether Steinbeck excused or condemned killing Candy's dog.  We all agreed that it foreshadowed Lennie's death.  I was mindful to not give my opinion without giving them the opportunity to voice theirs with evidence from the text.  One student gave this  quote as evidence that Steinbeck was pro euthanasia: “I ought to of shot that dog myself, George. I shouldn't ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog.”  But another said it clearly showed that "Candy did not want his dog shot because he was old and felt like he was forced into it."

I was happy to hear students analyzing, critically thinking, and getting beyond the surface of the text!

  Interpreting the text
  Exit Tickets: Interpreting the text
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Students Analyze Steinbeck's Stance on Euthanasia

Unit 9: Of Mice and Men
Lesson 11 of 15

Objective: SWBAT re-read the episode in which Candy’s dog is killed, and will discuss whether or not Steinbeck excuses or condemns the act, supporting their arguments with textual evidence.

Big Idea: Is euthanasia excused or condemned in the episode with Candy’s dog?

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English / Language Arts, Reading, language choice, realism, Literature, Literary Response and Analysis, literary journal, analyze details, historical context clues, historical background, Aristotle, quotations
  75 minutes
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