The Grapes of Wrath: KWHL Strategy

Before beginning The Grapes of Wrath, readers create a KWHL chart recording what they already know about the Dust Bowl, the author, and the book, what they want to know, and where they might find answers to these questions. After reading Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, readers complete the chart.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create and post a class KWHL chart
  • Ask class members to research the photographs of Dorothea Lange, Florence Owens Thompson, Sanora Babb, Okies, the Dust Bowl, Route 66, Hoovervilles, "The Harvest Gypsies," and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
  • The packet includes step-by-step directions and a rationale for the activity
  • No KWHL template is included
Common Core