The Grapes of Wrath
The Joad family leaves Oklahoma in search of work after their farm is destroyed by the Dust Bowl. They arrive in California only to find that fair jobs, food, and sympathy are scarce.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
9th-10th Speech 1310L
Excerpt from 'On Drought Conditions'
11th-12th Informational Text 1310L
The Great Depression
Out Where the West Begins
The Tempest 4.1.156-8
9th-10th News 1100L
The Coeur d’Alene Miners’ Uprising
7th-8th Poem 560L
I am the people, the mob
11th-12th Memoir 1470L
Serving in Florida: Excerpt from Nickel and Dimed
9th-10th Speech 1130L
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
9th-10th Speech 1390L
Every Man a King