1. In your assigned group, you should divide responsibility for researching certain questions.   

Closely examine the pages under your groups heading.  Take notes on every cite that you visit. (Do not forget to take note of the URL.)

3. DO NOT SEARCH ON THE OPEN WEB! Please stick to the web pages I have provided you.

4. Be prepared to focus what you have learned into one main opinion that answers the Big Question based on what you have learned.  


Use the pages below to answer these questions specifically related to migrant workers and tenant farmers.

1. What is a migrant worker?

2. What is a tenant farmer?

3. Are there migrant workers or tenant farmers today? Describe the types of people they are and what kinds of lives they lead.

4.  During the 1930's, why did workers want to come to California?

5. What were the living conditions of migrant workers in California?

6. How were migrant workers affected by the Great Depression?

7. What was the Dust Bowl? How did it effect migrant workers and tenant farmers? 

8. For your visual aid, make a poster that represents migrant workers and tenant farmers today and in the 1930's.


Use the pages below to answer these questions specifically related to causes and effects of the Great Depression.

1. What was the Great Depression? When did it occur? What events caused it? When did it end?

2. What was Black Thursday?

3. What problems did the Great Depression create?

4. How did people manage during this time?

5. What is the New Deal? Who created it and why is it significant? 

6.  Look at the Oral Histories and share one or two stories to give us a feel for life during the 1930's. 

7. For your visual aid, create a poster of photos that represents the people and main events of the Great Depression.  


Use the pages below to answer these questions specifically related to causes and effects of Mental Disability.

1.What is a mental disability?

2. How does a mental disability affect a person's every day life?

3. What is a caregiver and what difficulties do they face?

4. How were mentally disabled people seen in the 1930's? How are they seen today?

5. What is the role of friendship in caring for the mentally disabled?

6. What do mentally disabled people add to our society?

7. What is the American Disabilities Act and IDEA?

8. What can I do if I want to become a friend for a person with a mental disability?

9. For the visual portion of your presentation, make a poster that represents what you have learned about the mentally disabled. 


Use the pages below to answer these questions specifically related to the life and background of John Steinbeck.

1. Present major facts about Steinbeck's life (birth, death, family life, children, wives, etc.)

2. What life experiences and jobs did he have that influenced his novels?

3.  What social issues did Steinbeck frequently write about?

4. What philosophy of life is revealed in Steinbeck's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech?

5. What was John Steinbeck's relationship to the Salinas Valley?  

6. What are the main industries of the Salinas Valley? What type of produce is grown there?

7. Where are Weed, Salinas, and the Salinas River located?

8. For the visual portion of your presentation, create a poster about Steinbeck's life and work. Include photos, drawings, art, and a map of the Salinas Valley.