Grapes of Wrath Close Reading

Grapes of Wrath Close Reading

Author: Kathryn Lutton


To apply an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading

In this mini-lesson, I will model a close reading of a section of Grapes of Wrath by thinking/talking through a complex question. Because I will always ask you for evidence from the text when answering a question, I will model how to do that.

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Grapes of Wrath LiveBinder

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Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 11 Excerpt

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Source: Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath

Chapter 11 Close Reading Question

Many sentences in this passage begin with conjunctions.  Explain the effect of using these conjunctions with respect to the theme mankind's dwindling relationship with nature.

Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 11 Close Reading Video

Since I'll be asking you to closely examine every text we read, I want to model the process for you. Listen carefully to how I think through the answer to the question, which requires me to refer back to the selection.

Source: John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath

The Tractor Man Comic

This is an example of a comic using the App Comic Life. I will give you and your group members a new excerpt, and you are to create a comic utilizing textual evidence and concrete imagery to reveal complexities in the character.

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Source: John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath and Comic Life

Grapes of Wrath, Chapter 11 Excerpt Popplet

In this popplet, I create a graphic organizer of the subject of criticism, the tractor man. I include two levels of anaylsis: in the inside circle, I include textual evidence that characterizes the tractor man. On the outer circle, I explain the textual evidence in relation to narrator's tone toward the tractor man.

Before I assign the first extended writing activity, I want you to use Popplet in the same way, generating evidence and responses toward a specific subject.

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Source: John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath and Popplet