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John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath — Independent Reading

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Lies, deceit, betrayal, criminality: these topics are just a few of the reasons that John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath has captivated people since its 1939 publication. Scholars begin the lesson by reading background information about the novel's setting and author. Then, they answer questions about themes and read in-depth information about the novel's symbolism, imagery, allegory, setting, and narration. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils write an extended response to one of the discussion questions
  • Ask small groups to present research on an aspect of the novel's setting, such as the Oklahoma Dust Bowl
  • Allow individuals to take notes on the information using a variety of graphic organizers
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students have read all or most of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath 
Pros
  • Includes seven thought-provoking discussion questions at the end of the lesson
  • Provides ideas for thesis statements to help facilitate writing exercises
Cons
  • None