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My students love John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men. The story of George and Lennie's friendship set against the backdrop of the Great Depression is as heartbreaking as it is memorable. I am always looking for ways to enrich my students' experiences with the book, and this coloring poster is one of my favorites.


The poster includes significant images from the novel including a can of beans, Candy's dog, cards, horseshoes, boxing gloves, a rancher's hat, the dream house, and rabbits. The poster showcases significant characters from the novel including George, Lennie, and Curley's wife. They are posed in key scenes including Lennie with his puppy, Curley's wife in the barn, and George and Lennie by the river.


There are several ways to assign this poster. You can assign it to single students or to groups. (Since there are three pages in the poster, I recommend a maximum of three group members.) Students can color the images and the title and record significant passages / quotations in the boxes. Students can also fill in a Great Depression newspaper front page.


You can take the poster further by having students present them to their classmates, or make the poster an assessment tool by asking students to explain the significance of the images and characters.


Students enjoy these posters for the opportunity to work with their peers, express their creativity, and show-what-they-know in a format more fun than tests, quizzes, or research papers.


The process is simple:

  • Print the three pages of the poster on a standard printer for 8.5 x 11" paper.

  • Students color the images and fill in the supplemental graphics.

  • Tape the three sheets together in order.

  • Now, your poster is ready for display!


You will receive a zip folder containing three .jpeg files. Each file is one page of the three-page poster. The pages are clearly labeled.


The poster contains fine-line images to color. (I recommend using colored pencils for best results.)


Once your students finish their posters, I'd love to see their work! Please tag your photos #moncreativeclassrooms. (I'm on InstagramTikTok, and Facebook!) I'd love to feature your students' work in my feed, and you'll be entered for freebies and giveaways!


This poster is a freebie in my Of Mice and Men Unit Bundle. Check it out here!


If you have any questions about this product, or if you need help using this product, please email, and I'll be happy to help you.

Thanks for trusting Hello, Friday! by Meredith O'Neill to enhance your English curriculum with creative projects and fun activities!


*Note that this collaborative poster is for single classroom use only. Use is for the purchaser of the product, and files are for private use only; no commercial use is allowed. ©Meredith O'Neill 2023 All Rights Reserved

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