by Tonya Aiken, Gainesville High School

This WebQuest is designed to use while reading The Grapes of Wrath. It is correlated with the idea of the American Dream and the consequences of a society that takes care of individuals or each other (I to We philosophy). These activities will focus on relating the discussions in the novel to current situations as well as understanding the progression of the American Dream ideal.

Teacher Introduction

When teaching The Grapes of Wrath, one of the most important concepts for students to learn is the famous I to We philosophy, the idea of taking care of each other in a society instead of looking out for the individual. Another concept to explore is the American Dream. With this WebQuest, students can explore the background of the Great Depression and  compare it to events of  Hurricane Katrina to understand how similar events are still ocurring with migration in the United States. Moreover, the students should develop a firm opinion on how the real the American Dream is in this nation's times of need.