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  • 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.

    1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

    John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

    This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.