Teacher Guide

Cannery Row 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

    Students will be able to identify key themes in the text of Cannery Row and trace their expression and development.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to make connections between the themes of the novel and Steinbeck's biography and worldview.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to analyze the book's structure and pacing, and identify how they affect the narrative flow, as well as how they reflect the novel's larger themes.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to analyze the novel's tone and style, and consider how the affect the expression of the novel's overarching themes.

  5. 5


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