This is always a great essay to read aloud...don't tell the students who wrote it or when. At the end, ask the students when they think it was written. They will think it was written yesterday instead of 1962. This is always a popular essay. Sometimes I allow students to prepare a power point presentation that accompanies their essay and they must include an example of pop culture or news that supports their claim. This is a great reading and writing assignment with a piece of Steinbeck's work that isn't used as often as his novels.