The Grapes of Wrath: Character Development

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Class groups adopt a character in The Grapes of Wrath and examine how the character has changed or failed to change by the time the Joad family reaches California. Individuals then examine either Tom and Casy or Ma and Rosasharn and, in a short reflection, consider how the two are alike and how they differ.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To scaffold for the writing exercise ask individuals to create a Venn diagram for the character pair they have chosen for the assignment
Pros

  • The discussion and writing activities reveal how the various characters act as foils and help to develop Steinbeck's call for action
Cons

  • Weaker readers may struggle with the writing assignment