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A Teacher’s Guide to the Penguin Edition of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

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The dry Oklahoma landscape in America's Dust Bowl sent many farmers in search of the promised land. A teacher's guide to John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath discusses the characters' desire for a better home along with other themes and topics covered in the classic novel. Basic comprehension questions provide a directory for readers as they work through the text, while digging deeper questions encourage them to think more critically about what they read. The guide also includes writing prompts and activities to further explore the text and its themes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide copies of the questions for learners to answer as they read through the novel
  • Project pictures of the landscape of Oklahoma during the period in which the story is set
Classroom Considerations
  • Use the "Preparing to Read" section before giving the novel to class members
Pros
  • Clearly organized into distinct sections
  • Questions and activities address the multiple levels of the novel
Cons
  • Questions span large sections of chapters rather than individual chapters