Activity Overview

As students read, a storyboard can serve as a helpful character reference log. This log (also called a character map) allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. When reading a novel, small attributes and details frequently become important as the plot progresses. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable!

For Of Mice and Men, a character map helps students remember each member of the ranch, and their nickname! Plus, it provides a reference for discussion about how each character contributes to the theme of isolation.

Of Mice and Men Character List

George MiltonOne of the main protagonists. He is small, quick, and clever. He takes care of Lennie.
Lennie SmallThe other protagonist. He is rather large and childlike. He likes to pet soft things, and is often the cause of trouble.
CandyA rancher who lost his hand in an accident.
CurleyThe son of the ranch owner who is a self-proclaimed boxer. He picks a fight will Lennie.
Curley’s WifeCurley’s lonely housewife who likes attention. She is often seen lurking about the men.
CrooksThe stable hand. He is black, and is isolated from the rest of the ranchers. He sleeps in the barn.
SlimA strong, sturdy ranch hand who is known as the “Prince”.
CarlsonA ranch hand who shoots Candy’s dog because it's old and useless.
Aunt ClaraLennie’s aunt, who took care of him before she died.
The BossOwner of the ranch, and Curley’s father.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.

  1. Identify the major characters in Of Mice and Men and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a character from the "1900s" tab to represent each of the literary characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in Textables for Physical Traits, Character Traits, and a Quote.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3] Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/5] Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.

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