Creating Dramatic Monologues from The Grapes of Wrath

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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • 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
Classroom Considerations

  • 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

Common Core