“How does the language in the extract influence your view of the character Crooks?” Of Mice and Men What do we learn about the character Crooks in this extract? ‘For a moment Crooks did not see him, but on raising his eyes he stiffened and a scowl came on his face. His hand came out from under his shirt.’ • Choose ONE important word. • Share with your partner. Read the whole extract • First impressions? Tell your partner : 1. What happens. 2. What you learn. • Feedback. We are going to analyse the language under three headings: • Crooks’ behaviour and actions • Crooks’ appearance • The setting and environment As you re-read the extract look carefully and see if you can spot specific words that relate to behaviour, appearance and setting. On your postcards... Underline words that show the following in the different colours: • Crooks’ behaviour and actions • Crooks’ appearance • The setting and environment If you can, explain how the writer’s choices shape meaning. Add notes to show what each word/phrase suggests to you about Crooks. ‘suggests how/that...’ If you can, comment on the LAYERS of meaning in the word choices. In this case, you could also say “Crooks may also be embarrassed by the fact that he is rubbing cream into his crooked spine.” How does Steinbeck influence our view of the character of Crooks? • • • • Crooks’ behaviour and actions? Crooks’ appearance? The setting and environment? Anything else? Write a sentence at the bottom of your postcard. As a pair, select what you consider to be your best point, share this with another pair. Pick the best point from the two pairs and be prepared to share this with the class. Plenary • What do we learn about the character Crooks in this extract? • How do we learn this? • How do the writer’s choices influence our view of the character?