Advanced Placement literature content and topics: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry
  • Launchpad: “The Namesake,” by Willa Cather

    Created February 21, 2013

    Launchpad: “The Namesake,” by Willa Cather

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    Literatures, Religions, and Arts of the Himalayan Regions

    The products of this NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers offers a wealth of curricular plans and interactive ideas for the classroom. Topics cover a variety of disciplines: history, geography,  literature, religion, art, and environmental studies for every grade level.

  • John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”: Verbal Pictures

    Created December 17, 2012
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    Students align original FSA photographs from the 1930s and the author’s own journal entries, to trace parallel elements John Steinbeck then incorporated into passages in The Grapes of Wrath.

    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”

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

    Created October 12, 2012
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    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.