The Grapes of Wrath: Vocabulary Activity

Readers locate unfamiliar words in John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and teach these words and their meanings to class members.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To prevent repetition, assign individuals specific pages of the novel for the vocabulary search
Classroom Considerations

  • Step seven in the game plan—"pull as many words out of the hat as he or she can"—needs revision to prevent chaos
Pros

  • The strategy engages all class members in the learning the words
Cons

  • While the concept is a good one, the directions for the activity must be revised
Common Core