Process

1. Complete the Anticipation/Reaction Guide prior to reading The Grapes of Wrath. Save under a different name so that you can access at the end of the WebQuest.

2.Watch the Power Point presentation that will provide the following:

 

Next, browse http://www.tqnyc.org/NYC063370/events.htm to explore the events of the 1930's.

After watching the Power Point, meet with your group (preassigned) to create a skit in which you act out the following scenario:

In the 1930's, your relative, who has been out of the United States for the past ten years, has just visited from another country. Create a setting in which you and your family catch up your relative on the recent events in the United States. Include key pieces of information from the Power Point as well as conveying the emotions of the U.S. citizens during this difficult time.

 

 

Before begining the novel, please scan a Power Point on Steinbeck and The Grapes of Wrath. Focus on the themes and the author's purpose. Take notes  on these so that we can discuss this in our introduction to the novel in class before reading chapter one.

 

3. After reading chapters 1-11,   go to The Migrant Experience to research the immigration of U.S. citizens to California.

In addition, let's look at the Great Depression compared to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.. Think of how these times are similar to each other. Access the following sites for information on the New Orleans migration.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0912/p01s01-ussc.htmlhttp://www.epodunk.com/top10/diaspora/index.html

 

Sometimes  pictures serve as the best remembrance of disaster. View these pictures of the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

4. After reading chapters 12-16, find several (3-5) quotes that particularly stand out to you. These quotes must pertain to one of the themes of the novel. Once you select them, complete the I Couldnt Have Said It Better Myself exercise.

Next, there will be a  class discussion on essential, guided questions. These questions must be opinionated without a simple "yes" or "no" response. These questions should hold an educational value in the classroom and get other students involved so that they cav voice opinions based on the novel or research you all have conducted. You will create these guided questions. After you submit the questions, I will create a list of discussion questions in which you will select two questions and submit a written response to your teacher. Following this, you will bring your responses to class for a discussion on the American Dream concept, which is discussed thoroughly in these chapters.

 

5. Finish remainder of novel.

6.Use the characters, themes, and conflicts of The Grapes of Wrath, class discussions, and research from Hurricane Katrina to answer the final essential quesions below.You will meet with your teacher to discuss the medium in which you design  your final project. (Power Point, webcam interview, submitted essay, graphic organizer, etc).

Your final thoughts will revolve around the essential questions of

-What does the American Dream mean in today's world?

-How has it changed over time?

-Where is the line drawn between self-preservation and charity?

-What factors affect these major events in history (political, economic, educational, social, etc)?

 

 

 

Final products will be posted on the WebQuest for all students to access for reflection.

 

Finally, you will reaccess your Anticipation/Reaction Guide to answer the same questions again. The objective is to see if perspectives have changed since reading the novel and reflecting on the the American Dream concept. Once you add the your responses to the Postreading section, save it and submit it to your teacher's designated email or dropbox.

 

 

Use the characters, themes, and conflicts of The Grapes of Wrath to compare them to today's world. You must use Internet sources through Galileo, our school Internet resource As you draw final conclusions about the Great Depression and Mexican immigration  to the United States,  (Develop clear guidelines of what is to b addressed) you will meet with your teacher to discuss the medium in which you design your final project. (Power Point, webcam interview, submitted essay, graphic organizer, etc). Your final thoughts will revolve around the essential questions of

-What is the American Dream?

-How has it changed over time?

-Where is the line drawn between self-preservation and charity?

-What factors affect these major events in history (political, economic, educational, social, etc)?

 

Final products will be posted on the WebQuest for all students to access for reflection.

 

Finally, you will reaccess your Anticipation/Reaction Guide to answer the same questions again. The objective is to see if perspectives have changed since reading the novel and reflecting on the I to We philosophy. Once you add the your responses to the Postreading section, save it and submit it to your teacher's designated email or dropbox.