Teacher Guide

The Grapes of Wrath Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    To understand both the journeys of the Joad family members in The Grapes of Wrath and the social commentary driving the novel.

  2. 2

    To analyze a complex, multi-layered narrative and construct written and verbal arguments about that narrative.

  3. 3

    To use multiple means and media—visual, written, oral—to interpret Steinbeck's work.

  4. 4

    To understand the complex relationships between a writer's experience and the books he writes.

  5. 5

    To understand the challenges and the significance of adapting a text into another medium.

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