Character Map for The Grapes of Wrath

Character Map for The Grapes of Wrath
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Grapes of Wrath Lesson Plans

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Why does a novel from 1939 about a migrant family in search of work during the Great Depression still resonate with readers in the 21st century? The answer is simple: look around. After the recession of 2008, this story maintains its relevance, especially with many students whose parents lost their jobs and/or careers as a result of the 2008 crash. The universal themes of the pursuit of the American Dream, perseverance, and the struggle against injustice, are still found in many aspects of American life today. As a result, The Grapes of Wrath has been hailed as one of the defining novels of American literature.


Grapes of Wrath

Storyboard Description

Help students keep track of all of The Grapes of Wrath characters by creating a character map! Track important traits about each character and choose a character to bring them to life!

Storyboard Text

  • AL JOAD
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  • TOMMY JOAD
  • “But look, when you been in stir a little while, you can smell a question comin’ from hell to breakfast. You telegraphed yours the first time you opened your trap.”
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  • Well-respected by his family; wants to help his family; finally sees the wisdom in Casy’s teachings and wants to help the migrant workers fight against injustice; lives in the moment
  • Wears new, ill-fitting clothes from the prison; recently paroled for good behavior; dark brown hair and dark brown eyes; high cheekbones; heavy callouses on his hands
  • PA "OL' TOM" JOAD
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  • ROSE OF SHARON
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  • JIM CASY
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  • MA JOAD
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