Vocabulary in The Grapes of Wrath

Vocabulary in 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

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Vocabulary from The Grapes of Wrath | Have students illustrate and define new vocabulary words with this spider map activity!

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  • Ugh, so annoying!
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  • (n.) a person who moves from one region to another, usually for economic purposes
  • (n.) a mixture of two or more liquids that are not usually unmixable
  • (adj.) easily annoyed or angered; eagerness to fight; quick of temper
  • (n.) exclusion or banishment by a vote or general consensus
  • (n.) anger, usually vengeful and indignant
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