Out of the Dust

The Grapes of Wrath may be the most famous novel set during the Dust Bowl, but what other stories cover the same time? The unit focuses on the Karen Hesse novel Out of the Dust. Learners keep a timeline of the Dust Bowl, maintain a character analysis graphic organizer, write a multi-paragraph argumentative essay about the novel's theme, and write a descriptive summary of the people of Oklahoma in the 1930s.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the class pictures of the 1930s Dust Bowl and have individuals write poems reflecting what they see
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires dictionaries for some of the activities
  • Many of the lessons require supplemental reading material (links provided)
Pros

  • Lists several additional resources
  • Sequence of lessons is well-organized and easy to follow
Cons

  • None