The Grapes of Wrath Teacher Resources

Winner of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and referenced in John Steinbeck’s 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, The Grapes of Wrath has been banned, labeled as communist propaganda, and lauded for its realism and sympathetic portrayal of Dust Bowl migrants.

Incorporating a study of The Grapes of Wrath in your course offers class members a variety of learning opportunities. Primary sources like maps, newspaper articles from 1937, and Dorothea Lange’s photographs provide a historical perspective for the novel, as does a presentation that compares John Ford’s film with Steinbeck’s novel. Teacher’s guides and organizers keep readers on track and focus their attention on key elements like the tight relationship between the Joad narrative and the intercalary chapters of the novel. Materials for homeschoolers offer support for independent readers.

Looking for assessment options? Check out this performance activity that assess how well readers can examine complex text and demonstrate their understanding through writing. Another activity asks groups to create a dramatic monologue for one of the characters that reveals their depth of understanding of that character.

Our collection of teacher-curated and reviewed resources support both in-class and independent reading of this timeless classic.

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