The Grapes of Wrath

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John Ford’s 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath and photos from the 1930s provide learners with an opportunity to examine the effects of the Great Depression on rural life and farm families. Using a provided list, groups investigate primary source materials and then use their findings to evaluate the accuracy of the film portrayal of the Joad family. Included in the resource are lists of related websites, background research questions, discussion questions, learning activities, and cross-curricular extensions. The richly detailed packet deserves a place in your curriculum library.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • The journal assignment, which includes photos and images, prepares individuals for the final writing activity
  • Stopping the film periodically for discussion focuses attention on key events and encourages active viewing
  • The plan could easily be incorporated into a study of John Steinbeck's novel
Cons

  • The Website Links document will need to be updated; several of the links are broken
  • Plan requires the purchase or rental of the film
Common Core