Discussion Guide for The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl

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Open-ended questions that cause readers to think critically and deeply about a text are hard to craft. Never fear! A collection of great discussion questions for John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, or The Pearl is a required resource for any study of Steinbeck.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Model for class members how to craft shared inquiry questions
  • Assign individuals a section of the text from the novel being discussed, have them develop questions for their passages, and then lead a discussion of the that passage
  • Encourage your district to provide a profession development seminar in the shared inquiry method
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should be familiar with the shared inquiry format for discussion
  • Includes background information on Steinbeck and the three novels
Pros

  • The shared inquiry method asks readers to think critically about text and to provide evidence from the reading to support their assertions
Cons

  • None