This is a 129 page lesson plan for Grapes Of Wrath written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of this plan are the following:
-An in-depth introductory lecture
-Chapter-by-chapter study questions
-A multiple-choice test
The plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.
Excerpt from introductory lecture:
"Written during the Great Depression and published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath chronicles the devastating effects of the Depression in the lives of one American family, the Joads. Through their struggles to survive with dignity after forces beyond their control destroy their former lives, Steinbeck celebrates the human spirit while condemning the corporate greed that created the Depression and its tragic consequences in the lives of millions of Americans like the Joads.
A hardworking Oklahoma farm family, the Joads lose their land in the heart of the Dust Bowl when their crops fail, they are unable to pay their debt to the bank, and the bank takes possession of the farm, leaving the family homeless. Hoping to find work in the fertile valleys of California, the Joads pack up the few possessions they can take with them and head west on Route 66. The novel details their journey and their experiences in California where they find themselves living among scores of families like their own, displaced by the Depression and ung into a life of desperate poverty and deprivation"