John Steinbeck Teacher Resources
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Students read the chapter book, The Black Pearl chapter by chapter for a two-week unit. In this reading comprehension lesson, students answer questions about what they are reading, and also write a reflection of the book.
What is the true meaning of wealth? Guide your class through this question in a SMART board activity (provided), which addresses a concept development model. The lesson could be used before you begin The Pearl by John Steinbeck, or it could be used in conjunction with another novel unit, as the concept development model can be tailored for your needs and the needs of your class.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 15 multiple choice questions based on The Red Pony, Chrysanthemums, and Flight by John Steinbeck. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students read "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. They examine the novella's themes, explore alternative endings and plotlines through creative writing and develop a multimedia presentation on their interpretation of the story.
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 12 short answer and essay questions based on the 3 stories by John Steinbeck. Students may also access an online quiz on the selection using the link at the bottom of the page.
Cover character development and indirect characterization in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck with a graphic organizer. Class members search through the text and fill out a box for each character. The activity provides some notes for learners to get them started and allows sketch artists to either use images or words to record information. It could be used as a stand-alone activity or as a build up to a larger character study.
Students listen to a World War II veteran speak to the class. Before they visit, they research the steps to interviewing and develop questions to ask. They take turns interviewing the veteran and record his responses. They also write thank you notes to the veteran.
Middle schoolers listen to a World War II veteran as he speaks to their class. Before the visit, they research the steps to interviewing another person and create questions to ask him. They take turns interviewing the person and record his responses. They send thank you notes to the veteran as well.
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Steinbeck's East of Eden. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, learners respond to 25 multiple choice questions about John Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students define vocabulary words from the, The Pearl. In this vocabulary lesson, students discuss their vocabulary words and create sentences for them. Students also complete a worksheet with the most important vocabulary words from their novel.
What's with that turtle anyway? In session six of a ten-part unit study of The Grapes of Wrath, class members examine three major symbols that appear in the novel: Route 66, the American West, and the Biblical allusions in the title of the novel.
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, learners respond to 25 multiple choice questions about John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
A teacher's guide for a seminar held at the Cincinnati Art Museum includes a full description of several Pre-Raphaelite art pieces, artists, and connecting literary works. Excerpts from authors and poets can help you make the connection between art and literature for your class.
A chrono-log enables readers to see the natural progression of events in Steinbeck's tragic tale of Geroge Milton and Lennie Small. By beginning with the reason for their flight from Weed, learners are able to track the escalation of Lennie's destructive behaviors and comprehend the inevitability of George's response in the final scene.
In this online interactive literature instructional activity, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Amy Tan's The Kitchen God's Wife. Students may check some of their answers online.
In this grammar learning exercise, students practice rewriting, adding on and combining fifty-seven sentences into compound sentences that convey more information and are grammatically correct.
Ninth graders examine a character from the short story, John Steinbeck's, "Flight." students respond to questions about the story and illustrate the character's journey.
Students research the historic and cultural importance of corn to Native American and other cultures. They create a 3-D life-like replica of Indian corn to celebrate the harvest. Students celebrate teh fall harvest with decorative ears of Indian corn.
Third graders explore their culture in comparison to Japanese culture by reading the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. They identify islands of Japan, create a Venn diagram comparing Japanese culture to American culture, and color the flag of Japan. After summarizing the book, they create paper cranes, write Haiku poetry, and research websites on Japan.