Reflection: Relevance Analyzing Steinbeck's Theme of Power vs. Powerlessness - Section 1: Activator


During the Activator, several students offered personal experiences with feeling powerless.  I videoed a few responses but decided to not included them because of the personal nature.  For example one of my students openly shared his feelings of powerlessness when his step father was verbally abusing his mother and he felt powerless to defend her. Another African American student shared how he felt powerless when told by a police officer to remove everything from his pockets because he was walking home at night with two other friends through the "wrong side of the town."

As the video demonstrates in the Building Knowledge activity, we had an animated discussion about the images of power and powerlessness that they looked viewed and commented on.  

I think the activator was successful in that it helped students to make a personal connection to the feeling of being powerless as many characters are portrayed in Steinbeck's novels. 

  Personal Meaning
  Relevance: Personal Meaning
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Analyzing Steinbeck's Theme of Power vs. Powerlessness

Unit 9: Of Mice and Men
Lesson 12 of 15

Objective: SWBAT determine a theme and analyze in detail its development over the course of the story by comparing personal experiences with those of characters in Of Mice and Men. SWBAT identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the elements of characterization in fiction by using a graphic organizer to locate evidence from the text.

Big Idea: How does Racism and Power versus Powerlessness demonstrate underdog themes?

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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
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