This is part of Reading Through History's unit covering the Great Depression. In this download there are four separate lessons dealing with those who came to be known as Okies. The first lesson tells the story of those who migrated from the Dust Bowl region, explaining the factors which led to their departure and the troubles they faced in California. The second lesson deals the novel The Grapes of Wrath, giving a brief outline of the book and the impact it had on American society. The third lesson is a biography of John Steinbeck and his illustrious career as an author. In the final lesson, Woody Guthrie and his music career are documented, including the impact he had on American culture. For each lesson there is a one page reading activity followed by reading comprehension questions, guided reading activities, vocabulary activities, student summaries, and a student response essay or research question. This download includes enough material to cover three to four days in a standard 50 minute class.
The entire Great Depression Bundle is available here: The Great Depression Bundle
For a workbook version of our 1930s material, click here: 1930s Bundle
*My students typically complete the work in about 30 minutes. This provides for 10 to 15 minutes of discussion/intro prior to the assignment.
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