About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Going to the Promised Land

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To better understand the migrant experience during the Great Depression, pupils analyze two primary resources: photographs by Dorothea Lange and a U.S. Map that shows the Dust Bowl. They compare and contrast Lange's images to Steinbeck's works. Using these, a U.S. map, and a newspaper article from 1937, they discuss their findings and write their responses.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson to launch a study of The Grapes of Wrath 
  • Have groups research the treatment of farm workers during this period to their treatment today
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires additional prep time to prepare and copy materials
Pros

  • The materials provide readers with a visual context of the devastation of the Dust Bowl
  • Includes worksheets, a comparison rubric, and suggested extensions for the initial assignment.
Cons

  • None