If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To understand both the journeys of the Joad family members in The Grapes of Wrath and the social commentary driving the novel.
To analyze a complex, multi-layered narrative and construct written and verbal arguments about that narrative.
To use multiple means and media—visual, written, oral—to interpret Steinbeck's work.
To understand the complex relationships between a writer's experience and the books he writes.
To understand the challenges and the significance of adapting a text into another medium.