Reading Assignment: pp.38-69 A Long Walk to Water
Writing Assignment: Please write a paragraph in which you start by pointing out that in Of Mice and Men Steinbeck was, among other things, offering readers a picture of race relationships in the 1930s. Be sure, however, to identify what the picture was like. Was it a depressing picture? Did it suggest a good relationship beween the races or a bad one?
Here's an example:" In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck forced readers to take a long hard look at the relatonship between the races and what they saw wasn't pretty. In Steinbeck's world, power is not in black hands. This lack of power is clear in the scene where.... (This is a transition to get you into the pararphrase of the scene)"
Once you introduce your point, illustrate that point by paraphrasing (putting into your own words), what Crooks does in the passage shown below. Next, explain how Curley's wife responds and the effect her response has on Crooks.
"Crooks stood up from his bunk and faced her. “I had enough,” he said coldly. “You got no rights comin’ in a colored man’s room. You got no rights messing around in here at all. Now you jus’ get out, an’ get out quick. If you don’t, I’m gonna ast the boss not to ever let you come in the barn no more.” (Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men (p. 80)
THE POINT OF THIS EXERCISE IS TO GIVE YOU PRACTICE USING EVIDENCE FROM THE BOOK TO SUPPORT YOUR POINT OF VIEW. USING EVIDENCE FROM THE BOOK IS AN ESSENTIAL SKILL FOR WRITING IN SCHOOL. YOU MAY HATE ME NOW. BUT IF YOU COME TO SCHOOL IN THE STATES, YOU WILL FORGIVE ME WHEN YOU CAN DO SOMETHING OTHER PEOPLE ARE JUST LEARNING.
Write me with any questions. See you next week. Laraine