Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2)
This lesson introduces students to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Students will research Steinbeck, the Great Depression, and the Dust Bowl; read the first chapter; and identify the narrative style and setting of the novel. Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family, with chapters alternating between their story and the larger story of the country as a whole during the Great Depression and the struggles of migrant families making their way west. Chapter 1 sets the scene by establishing the setting of Oklahoma in the 1930s.
Research/Independent Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author John Steinbeck and the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. When was the novel published? How many other works has Steinbeck written? What are common themes in the author’s work? What major awards did the novel receive? Develop a...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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