The Grapes of Wrath: Culture and History

This The Grapes of Wrath: Culture and History lesson plan also includes:

Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Judy Garland. Jack Benny, The Lone Ranger, Edward R. Murrow. Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman. The second lesson in a unit devoted to The Grapes of Wrath establishes for readers the cultural and historical background of the 1930s. Class members read articles about the WPA, listen to recordings, all to provide background for a written reflection on the ways artists are influenced by the political and social climate.

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  • Class members are encouraged to make connections to how artists today are or are not being influenced by and influencing the current social and political climate
  • The music activity provides a great opportunity for a music expert guest speaker
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