Teaching Guide: Exploring The Grapes of Wrath

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John Steinbeck's award-winning The Grapes of Wrath brought to life the challenges faced by the migrants uprooted by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Lauded by some for his work, others, especially California growers, were outraged. PBS provides a packet of primary source materials that provide different perspectives on Steinbeck's novel.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate the current conditions of migrant workers as well as activists like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Helen Fabela Chavez
  • Provide another group with Frank J. Taylor's pamphlet and have them highlight emotionally charged words he uses to persuade readers
Classroom Considerations
  • Set aside extra prep time to load the images from the primary source set on your computer and create a separate tab for each
Pros
  • The set of primary source documents includes materials that offer different perspectives on events
Cons
  • None