The Pearl: Problematic Situation

Is money the root of all evil, or the answer to everyone's dreams? Analyze the role of money in John Steinbeck's The Pearl with a writing prompt where kids imagine that they have won the lottery, and must think about the ways it will affect their lives.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as a writing prompt before you begin the novel
  • Have kids expand their writing exercise into a narrative story
Classroom Considerations

  • The questions are a little simplistic for high schoolers—consider expanding them or elaborating on the prompt
Pros

  • Interesting prompt that most kids will be eager to write about
  • Good way to connect personal experience with literary themes
Cons

  • None