Engage your students with informational texts before, during, or after reading "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.
Students will work collaboratively in small groups to unravel the controversy behind The Grapes of Wrath and address complex questions: Who banned (or even burned) Steinbeck’s novel? Why was there a controversy? Who was upset by Steinbeck’s novel and what specifically were they upset about? What might this controversy might tell us about 1930s America?
1. Work collaboratively with peers to investigate controversy surrounding John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.
2. Synthesize information from multiple informational texts to answer guiding questions.
3. Use strong and thorough reasoning and evidence to support claims.
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
Included in this Resource
1. Lesson plan
2. Peer evaluation form
3. Group presentation rubric
4. Project checklist for students to track deadlines and roles
5. Links to informational texts that will help students address guiding questions
6. Research organizer with grading scale
When to Use this Resource
• Before reading The Grapes of Wrath to place Steinbeck's novel in its historical context and to generate interest in the text.
• During reading The Grapes of Wrath so that students are immersed in informational texts and to situate the novel in its historical context. OR
• After reading The Grapes of Wrath as a summative assessment. Teachers who use this option should add the following guiding question "Could The Grapes of Wrath still be considered a controversial novel? Why or why not?" and require students to make clear links between their readings in this project and the novel.
In other words, instructors can make this resource work for them.
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