Set in Oklahoma in the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath presents a powerful view of life during the Great Depression. An insightful lesson plan takes a closer look at the characters in John Steinbeck's classic novel, combining the descriptions in the story with primary source documents. Readers use the information they gain to write dramatic monologues.
- Watch a documentary or other presentation on the Dust Bowl before teaching the novel to learners
- Draw portraits of the characters that appear in the novel and label them with characteristics
- Download images from the Depression era before beginning the lesson
- Includes links that lead to specific primary source documents for learners to analyze
- Encourages cooperation with collaborative learning tasks