Yr 11 Lit/Lang home learning – due Monday 29 April

Just to remind you of the home learning which is due by tomorrow:

1) Write a brief plan for a short story based on one of the following themes: loneliness, friendship, discrimination, fate, dreams, power.

2) Write a paragraph in the comments box below in answer to the focus your group was given in Friday’s lesson on the effectiveness of dialogue and narrative in Of Mice and Men.

Please ensure the above tasks are completed by our next lesson on Monday 29 April.

Mr Legowski


19 thoughts on “Yr 11 Lit/Lang home learning – due Monday 29 April

  1. Sam E

    I don’t really have a plan – but I aim to do a story on friendship and then a bit of loneliness at the end.

    On Fridays lesson I did how dialogue between characters or about characters changes how you perceive them – and form the extract we found that Crooks is shown by other ranchers to be nothing but a black man with a crooked back, and other than that he is hardly mentioned. From his speech we found that he isn’t too enthusiastic about other people entering his shack, (when Lennie comes in) – and he is an incredibly bitter man, when he say to Lennie (who is clearly not the full-ticket) ‘What will happen is George doesn’t come back?’.
    It is most likely an attempt to make Lennie see the world from Crooks’ perspective, whom has nothing or anyone.

    1. dartmouthacademyeng Post author

      Thanks Sam. Please make sure you have a plan, detailed and on one side of A4, before Thursday’s lesson. In the meantime, a short paragraph setting out a synopsis of your story will be most welcome.

  2. Megan

    I have done a plan on paper.

    And in Fridays lesson my group were looking in the text to find words that set the time and place. From the text we picked out words such as ‘niggas’ and ‘bloody hatch’. For instance, words like ‘niggas’ are used as much anymore, not as much as they were used in the times of the depression. People are more respectful of different races, so words like this are showing you the story must have been set quite a while ago.

  3. Alicia

    i have done a plan in my book

    In Fridays lesson my group were looking at how the vocabulary in the text sets the time and place. For example we found words such as ‘Spectacles’, ‘negro’ and ‘California’. These words help to set the time and place and using the word ‘California’ tell the reader that it was set in America but also using the words ‘Spectacles’ and ‘negro’ show that it must have been set years ago as you hardly hear the term ‘spectacles’ anymore as people say ‘glasses’ but also not many people use the word ‘negro’ anymore as it is seen as disrespectful. This helps to show it’s in the past as nearly everybody used this word during the depression.

  4. Elouisa

    My plan is on paper.

    My group’s question was ‘how does the end link back to the beginning?’ but we mainly focussed on how the story had changed at the ending comapred to what it was like at the beginning.
    Similarly to many stories, in the extract from chapter 4 in Of Mice and Men we can observe that at least one thing has changed by the ending. In this particular case, an example of this is when Lennie approaches Crooks’ bunk and, after Lennie has been standing in the doorway for a short while and been told he is not allowed to enter, Crooks says ‘come on in and set a while.’ This shows that the view that Crooks had of Lennie has changed because before this point he did not think much of Lennie and would not allow him in his room. For example, he says ‘well, I tell you, you all of you stink to me,’ and ‘I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room.’ We also distinguish that Crooks is less tense towards Lennie, and he is more relaxed and friendlier. We know this because Steinbeck writes ‘his tone was a little more friendly.’ This is because Crooks has got to know Lennie and is more familiar with him, whereas before Crooks did not regard Lennie or the other men on the ranch, simply because he is black and he knew that he was disrespected for that, due to racism in the novel. A good example of racism in the extract is when Crooks says ‘you got no right to come in my room. This here’s my room. Nobody got any right in here but me.’ This quote demonstrates that black men did not have the same rights, which is portrayed through the character of Crooks in Of Mice and Men.

  5. emily h

    On friday, we looked at how the characters dialogue affects the way that we see them and the type of person that they are. From the way that Crooks talks we saw that he wasn’t very enthusiastic about his line of work, but being a black man he doesn’t have much choice. He also appears to feel quite sorry for himself for being lonely. He tried to make Lennie feel the lonliness that he felt by making him believe that George may not return.

  6. Polly

    On Friday, my group how the narrative description moved the story along and its relevance to the story. We decided the descriptive narrative was important because it gave the reader imagery about the characters, for example the description of Crooks room is important in suggesting his isolation and loneliness as he surrounds himself with possessions such as books because he has limited interaction with other people on the ranch so instead he interacts with his books. In addition it could suggest how he measures his self worth through his possessions as he has little self worth in society through frequent racism. Also we thought the descriptive narrative was important to describe the manor in which the dialogue is spoken and give the language more realism.

  7. Rebekah

    On Friday’s lesson we looked at how the dialogue affects our view of a character; we focused on Crookes. From what we read of his dialogue we thought that Crookes was intelligent but seemed bitter about his lack of friendship and a companionship to share this with, this was seen when he began to tease Lennie about George not coming back. He also seems to be in some form of nostalgia during his childhood where he experienced no form of racism and often played with other children.

  8. Izzy

    On Friday, my group were look at how dialogue moves the story forward. We realised that without certain parts of dialogue we wouldn’t realise different themes and the feelings of characters. For example without the dialogue between Crooks and Lennie we would not see how Crooks is so lonely along with how it has effected him by being lonely. We also notice how discrimination makes him feel and how he is so protective over his belongings and rights. Therefore without this dialogue we would not know much about Crooks and he would seem to be less important in the novel

  9. Leanne

    My group in Fridays lesson looked at how the dialogue moves the story forward in the story. We found that in the scene of Crooks and Lennie in the stables is the first scene where Crooks was shown as a more important character in the novel. For example, the dialogue helps the audience to find out more about Crook’s and understand his character, and how lonely he actually is by being mistreated and discriminated by the other men on the ranch. The conversation between Crooks and Lennie in this scene is important because as well as showing how Lennie is too simple to realise that he shouldn’t be talking to Crooks, it also shows more about his character so then the theme ‘loneliness’ can be understood by the audience and the story can progress.

    My plan is in my book.

  10. josh

    In Fridays lesson my group were looking in the text to find words that set the time and scene. From the text we picked out words such as ‘niggas’. As soon as we had read this word we could get a feel for the fact that the passage was written in previous times. The way the other characters reacted to the word ‘nigga’ suggested it was a common word which gave me the impression that the passage was written in the early 1900’s. On the contrary if the word ‘nigga’ was used frequently people would refer it as a form of racism.

  11. Dylan Matthews-Evans

    In Fridays lesson, my group looked at dialect and how it effects the characters. I looked at crooks more than any other character and found that he seemed very intelligent. The obvious is that he is lonely and this is very much confirmed and exaggerated in Crooks dialect. The dialect helps us find out about crooks and his past, how he is the only black man on the ranch and how he is lonely. Crooks also seems angry towards white men in general, I can tell this from the way that he speaks to Lennie and is very protective over Lennie being in his space. We also looked at what we find out about Lennie and it shows that Lennie is childish and doesn’t act like the other men on the ranch.

  12. Naomi

    My group looked at how the narrative description moved the story along. We believe the descriptive narrative is important because it creates imagery about the characters.For example, we looked at Crooks, and in the description it tells us of all crooks’ possesions. We decided that this is because crooks is lonely and he uses his books and possessions as a form of company. We also believd that Crooks uses his possessions to create self worth, as he has no real respect and worth in ranch due to racism and predjudice. We also found that the narrative description helps the reader to understand the book, by explaining how dialogue is said and the settings around them.

  13. Aaron C

    In my group we looked at how the narrative helped to move the story along.We believe that the narrative is important because it helped to provide a picture of the characters and created imagery which the dialogue could then build upon.Our group focused on Crooks and in the extract the sotry built upon Crooks possesions,this makes us think of how he uses his books and possesions as a form of company as he is the most osolated character on the ranch.These possesions helped give him self worth and respect as he see’s his importance through the number of his possesions.

  14. Lucy

    My group’s question was ‘how does the end link back to the beginning?’ Are there any similarities? If they’re all back at the starting point, does that mean that everything is as it was before?
    From reading the extract that you gave us we can definitely see that there are not many similarity’s to the end than that of the beginning as, When Crooks first see’s Lennie he probably feels intimidated by him (because of his tallness) that he has gone into his bunkhouse, as he says the other men don’t usually go into there. However after they have began to speak Crooks then starts to realise how Lennie is different from the other men on the ranch, for example: ‘come on in and set a while’ this tells us that he now would let him into his bunk because he has gotten to know him. As he learns of his mental disability and childlikeness, from the way he talks and also that he gets angry when crooks starts to say that their dream, of owning their own ranch, isn’t possible. I don’t think there are any similarities as the scene is about how Crook’s point of view of Lennie has changed from when they first met. This extract from the novel is key within Crooks getting to know Lennie, so in a way it is needed to be kept in.
    My plan for my story is on paper.

  15. Holly

    The dialogue in of Mice and Men is crutial to obtain a good understanding of the characters, for example; Crooks, he probably the loneliest man on the ranch, he has no respect (apart from Slim’s) and is just seen as the black stadle buck with a crooked back, he has no name and he is lonely, this is reflected in his manner which has been tarnished by discrimination and solitude. When Lennie comes in to his space he immidiately sees the chance to make someone (who has a companion and a friend) feel the way he feels, without a soul to look out for him: ‘what if George don’t come back? What will you do then huh?’ This reflects his sharp personality, because he knows he can take advantage of Lennie because he is simple, and wants to, in some ways ballance out their differences. He is smart, but has no one; Lennie is simple but has George, a commited friend who is there to look after him, Crooks perhaps feels frustraited that he has worked and has gained nothing, not even a friend on the ranch, so he needs to take it away from Lennie to make himself feel… Well less isolated in his misery.
    ‘Your nuts’ suggests that he has no belief in freedom because hes been trapped for so long, so trying to dismiss the dream as maddness to rectify his loss of hope, he also underestimates the power of Lennie and Georges dream which he eventually seccombes to, the thought of hope ashames him, because he knows those with hopes and dreams are often stripped of it after years of toil on the ranches in such a diffucult time, he is wise and it it almost self deffensive, as not to add to his pain.

  16. Alysa

    On Friday, my group looked at how the narrative description moved the story along. We came to the conclusion that the descriptive narrative gives the reader imagery towards the characters and the setting that the dialogue simply can’t create. An example of this would be Crook’s entry into the novel and the description of his room. This description shows the reader the possessions that Crook’s is attached to, and the description of the variety of books makes the reader wonder whether he uses his imagination to escape the loneliness of the real world outside of his room, and he interacts with these books instead of the people working outside. Adding to this, the descriptions of the way that the characters speak give the reader the chance to be able to imagine the scene and the tone of voice of the characters, instead of interpreting the voice tones wrong. For example, if a character was saying “I disagree.”, the reader may see this in an aggressive tone of voice, where the intention of the writer may have been to portray this short sentence in a calmer tone, which cannot be interpreted exactly by each reader without a description of the two characters and the way that they speak.


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