This assignment asks students to closely read a chapter in The Grapes of Wrath and to analyze what the author is doing stylistically and thematically.
The primary objective of this tutorial is to analyze one of the interchapters in The Grapes of Wrath. As a part of the analysis the students will identify a significant theme of the interchapter, research any historical evidence necessary to understand the interchapter, and, finally, compile the content into a google presentation that will be shared with the class.
I created this video a few years ago to explain the overall structure of the novel. The goal by the end of the video is that students have an understanding of how Steinbeck structured his novel, particularly the 2 different types of chapters - the narrative chapter and the interchapter. This video gives students some essential background to understanding the text.
Carefully review the document. It explains the purpose and manner in which this assignment is to be completed.
If you are not familiar with these videos on youtube, you should check them out. They are high quality and informative. This video introduces you to one of the themes in the novel. It is important that you realize there are many themes that the author intends. You must be able to provide evidence to support the theme that you are identifying. This is not purely a matter of opinion. You cannot simply say, "Well, this is what I got from the book." Again, evidence must be provided to support your theme.
This presentation was created a few years ago based on Chapter 3 - as a result, chapter 3 is off limits for you. You will notice that the majority of the slides have quotes from the novel - yes, I realize that this is text, but it is not the speaker's notes. The speaker's job is to explain what that text is there and what it means to the overall presentation.