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.

John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” published

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  • 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.

  • Planilla de aprendizaje para el estudiante: Esperanza renace de Pam Muñoz Ryan

    Created July 26, 2012
  • Esperanza renace: Aprendiendo a no temer el comenzar de nuevo

    Created July 25, 2012
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    En este plan de clase los estudiantes explorarán algunos de los contrastes a los que Esperanza se enfrenta cuando debe abandonar su cómoda vida como hija consentida de terrateniente poderoso, siempre rodeada de familia y de sirvientes, para convertirse en una sirvienta junto con los demás obreros agrícolas emigrantes. Este plan de clase también estudiará el trasfondo de la historia, considerando su marco histórico, social y cultural para descubrir los grandes contrastes y contradicciones que Esperanza descubre al llegar a los Estados Unidos. Y, finalmente, este plan de clase invitará a los estudiantes a prestar atención a algunos de los cambios a los que Esperanza se tiene que enfrentar para convertirse, tras ser una niña privilegiada y mimada, en una jovencita responsable y emprendedora.

    Winston Churchill delivers “Their Finest Hour” speech

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    France falls to Hitler’s armies

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    Father and son in dust storm

    Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

    This PBS documentary by Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. Survivors share their memories of those years of suffering and perseverance.

    Planting the flag on Iwo Jima

    Ken Burns' "The War" on PBS

    "Only the soldier really lives the war." The journalist does not. This PBS series by Ken Burns follows the journeys of different veterans of World War II in their own words. There is a section available for educators.