The PowerPoint presentation is meant to be adapted and used as an introduction to the roots and impact of Jim Crow laws and Lynch Law. The purpose of this presentation is to give students an understanding of what led up to lingering racist attitudes since the Civil War, especially given the treatment of Crooks.
1-2 class periods
Examine the lynching of Emmett Till to better understand the state of race relations prior to the major accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement.
Understanding the rich connection between period music of the 1930s and Of Mice and Men using lyric sheets and listening.
Students will see, hear, and read about life riding the rails and looking for work in the 1930s.
Understanding ranch life in the 1920s/1930s and the migrant ranch experience from that period, and today, are essential for understanding the novel.