The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck is a timeless classic that is still relevant to our society in the 21st Century. These lessons focus on Chapter 20 when Jim Casey chooses to get arrested in Tom Joad’s place. The novel section, a link to the live L.A. Theatre Works performance of the play, film clips from YouTube, NPR stories on the Grapes of Wrath, and photographs from Dorothea Lange are used. There is also a comparison assignment on a scene using a theatre and film performance. This is a compliment to teaching the novel, the Great Depression, or an engaging read on its own.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. An assessment essay using the 2011 AP English Literature essay Question #3 on the search for justice is used. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Literature, drama, John Stein Steinbeck, Frank Galati, theme, Socratic Seminar, injustice, worker’s rights, American Literature, Tom Joad, sacrifice, Dust Bowl, California