The Grapes of Wrath: Biography

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Books can be dangerous things. They can change the way we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. Experiences can be dangerous too, especially when writers want to share their experiences. John Steinbeck traveled with Depression-era migrant workers and shares his experiences in The Grapes of Wrath. The first plan of a 10-lesson unit devoted to the novel looks at Steinbeck's life and the experiences that led to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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  • The writing exercise asks individuals to make personal connections to outsiders
  • The attached zip file contains all the materials for the unit

  • Some class members may need a listening guide to focus their attention when listening to the 28-minute audio guide
  • Consider augumenting the audio with poster-sized images of the Dust Bowl by photographers like Dorothea Lange