The Grapes of Wrath: Symbols

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What's with that turtle anyway? In session six of a ten-part unit study of The Grapes of Wrath, class members examine three major symbols that appear in the novel: Route 66, the American West, and the Biblical allusions in the title of the novel.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To prepare all readers for the symbol discussion, consider using the descriptions of the turtle's journey at the beginning of the third chapter to model how to recognize the parallels between the turtle's and the Joads' journeys
  • Consider providing maps and images of Route 66 and having groups chart the Joads' progress
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • The exercise serves to focus readers' attention on the various symbolic and thematic levels of the novel
  • Articles that supply background information on the WPA and migrant workers are attached
Cons

  • None