For Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts
President Barack Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts

Presidential Inaugurations: A Capitol Parade on a Cold Winter's Day

The cornerstone of the inaugural ceremony is the inaugural address. Each president attempts to outline in the course he hopes to follow over the coming years in just a few short pages.

Rickett's and Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez sardine boat, The Western Flyer, at dock

Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."

How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

Related EDSITEment Lesson Plans and other Content for Dust Bowl

Florence Thompson and her children in pea pickers campConnect to the Dust Bowl through these peer-reviewed lessons and websites from EDSITEment.

How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

How Literature and Visual Arts Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

Dust Bowl Multimedia Project  |  The Art of the Dust Bowl  |  Photography of

How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

How History, Government, and Social Studies Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

The Great Plow Up  |  Okies  |  How Much Govern

How Teachers Can Make the Most of “The Dust Bowl”

The Dust Bowl: Series Overview  |  Educational Resources  |  Additional Resources on the Website  |  About the Author  | 

John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes of Wrath": The Inner Chapters

Created October 12, 2012
Steinbeck migrants

This lesson offers students a close consideration of the opening chapter of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and serves as the impetus for looking at the purpose of the inner chapters or “generals” as the author referred to them.

  • Steinbeck’s Use of Nonfiction Sources in "The Grapes of Wrath"

    Created September 17, 2012
    Steinbeck image (women washing clothes)

    John Steinbeck’s use of nonfiction sources in writing The Grapes of Wrath is examined to illustrate how they affect the reader’s perception of a novel.

    Main Reading Room. Statue of Poetry, Library of Congress

    Twenty-One Poems for AP Literature and Composition

    For each of the twenty-one poems or poetic forms for AP Literature and Composition, students and teachers will find a link to the poem and multimedia resources. These include EDSITEment lessons as well as EDSITEment-reviewed websites that discuss the poem, the poet, and its context.