Day 5

The Grapes of Wrath Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Movie Viewing

    Kind of Activity:



    Students will be able to compare Steinbeck's novel with its most famous adaptation

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7


    Arrange a class viewing of the 1940 film The Grapes of Wrath, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda as Tom Joad.

    After viewing the film, students should be paired to discuss the following questions:

    * How is the film version of The Grapes of Wrath similar to the book?

    * How is the film version of The Grapes of Wrath different from the book?

    * Why do you think Ford and the screenwriter, Nunnally Johnson, chose to make the changes...

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