The Pearl by John Steinbeck Background Activities (paper + digital)

Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
Formats Included
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2 + extension ideas and digital version
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  1. This unit bundle for The Pearl by John Steinbeck guides and challenges students to analyze plot, characterization, conflict, and symbolism in the classic novella. This resource includes nonfiction background activities, projects and vocabulary materials, full lessons, a study guide, and a final test
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Introduce your study of The Pearl by John Steinbeck with these anticipation and background activities. You get a biographical activity on John Steinbeck and a non-fiction activity about Cortez Pearls. These activities use two videos and two articles (found for free online) and can be used with Interactive Notebooks, as traditional worksheet, or digitally. You can do this as a whole class or as a station activity.

What You Get:

1. Biography activity (15-20 min) - sources & questions

2. Cortez Pearl activity (30-45 min) - sources & questions

3. Answer Key

4. Full digital version (fillable Google Slides

5. Plain text version for screen readers

These materials are presented as a .pdf and are not editable. You do have the option to add slides with additional background sources to the digital version. Thank you for understanding!

This resource is also part of The Pearl Unit Bundle, which is 20% off the price of individual components. You can find other resources for The Pearl in my TpT store.

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Total Pages
2 + extension ideas and digital version
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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