My students are currently finishing an essay on the theme of courage from the previous lesson. On Friday, I am planning a lesson comparing and contrasting the book, The Grapes of Wrath, with their current novel, Out of the Dust.
What is interesting about this to me is that Steinbeck, the author of The Grapes of Wrath, wrote the book while it was happening, unlike Karen Hesse, who researched for the writing of the book. I would like my students to compare and contrast the tone, mood, rhetoric of the two stories. How do they approach the introduction of their novels? How are they similar? How are they different? Which of the novels offers the most imagery?
Each student will read the first chapter from the Grapes of Wrath first. I will give them a list of questions to answer similar to the ones above.
Then, we will read the first chapter of Out of the Dust as a class.
The students will compare/contrast using a Venn Diagram. They will also look up any unknown vocabulary from the chapters, and write the definitions in their vocabulary notebooks.
We will discuss as a class.
Finally, I show the class the beginning of the movie, The Grapes of Wrath, and we will compare the beginning scenes to chapter one.
What a powerful film!
Clip: Two for cent candy
There is a bit more finalizing for this lesson. However, it is a good start for Friday.