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The Grapes of Wrath - Understanding the Interchapters

The Grapes of Wrath - Understanding the Interchapters

Author: Kevin Storey
  1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  2. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  3. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  4. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

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.

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Learning Objective

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.

Understanding the Structure of The Grapes of Wrath

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.

The Interchapter Presentation Assignment

Carefully review the document. It explains the purpose and manner in which this assignment is to be completed.


A Theme Example

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.

A Sample Presentation

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.

Bringing Closure - Providing Feedback

It is important to me that the learning is meaningful to you and assists you in being successful. Please take a few moments and provide some feedback to bring this assignment to closure.