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     English-Language Arts – 9th-12th Grades




  “Cannery Row”
                      UNIT THEME:
“Adversity, Creativity and Sense of Purpose”



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Literary Selection: Novel                                       Connection to Theme: In the first four chapters we are
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose             introduced to four diverse characters who each have a
                                                                specific place and purpose within their community.
Title: Cannery Row, Section 1
Author: John Steinbeck                                          Academic Language: novel, theme, descriptive writing,
Genre: Fiction                                                  narrative, elements of discourse (purpose, speaker,
Pages: 5-24 (Chapters 1-4)                                      audience, form), cause and effect, similarity and difference,
Suggested Teaching Days: 3 days                                 supporting evidence, intended purpose, figures of speech


Opening Discussion:            Standards Addressed:             Suggested Writing:               Activities:
Think of your community and    Writing Strategies               Using the (3) paragraph          *Grammar, TE (purple)
your local neighborhood.       1.1 Demonstrate an               format please respond to the     compound adjectives
Think of all the different     understanding of the elements    following writing prompts.       p.69.
people that live there and     of discourse when completing     Utilize a graphic organizer to
whom you interact with on a    narrative, expository,           structure the narrative.         *Grammar TE, (yellow)
daily basis.                   persuasive, or descriptive                                        p. 81
                               writing assignments.             P (1)- Write a biographical
                                                                narrative on one of the
Describe 3-4 of these people   Word Analysis                    characters in this section.
and tell what they do. Is      1.3 Discern the meaning of       Please detail the characters
there one particular person    analogies encountered,           physical attributes, gender,
that stands out? Why is that   analyzing specific comparisons   ethnicity, manner of dress,
person significant?            as well as relationships and     etc.
                               inferences.
                                                                P (2)- For this paragraph,
                                                                expand on your biographical
                                                                narrative by speaking to the
                                                                characters personality,



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Reading Comprehension               attitude, values, strengths,
2.2 Analyze the way in which        and weaknesses.
clarity of meaning is affected by
the patterns of organization,       P (3)- For this paragraph,
hierarchical structure              expand on your biographical
repetition of the main ideas,       narrative by speaking to what
syntax, and word choice in the      the character does for a living
text.                               and what purpose his/her job
                                    serves.
2.4 Make warranted and
Reasonable assertions about
the author‘s arguments by
using elements of the text to
defend and clarify
interpretations.


Literary Response and
       Analysis
3.3
Analyze the ways in which
irony, tone, mood, the author‘s
style, and the ―sound‖ of
language achieve specific
rhetorical or aesthetic
purposes or both.

3.4
Analyze ways in which poets
use imagery, personification,
figures of speech, and sounds
to evoke reader‘s emotions.



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                                            Adapted Release Questions
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Writing Strategies
1.1
      What is Lee Chong‘s main purpose in the Community of Monterey, California?
      a)     He is a banker that keeps track of the residents‘ debt.
      b)     He is the boss of Mack and his friends.
      c)     He is a grocery story owner.
      d)     He is the vagabond.


Word Analysis: #33, 41, 51, 54
1.3
On page ten there is an analogy, ―His fat delicate hands rested on the glass, the fingers moving like small restless
sausages.‖ What is being compared? What visual image do you get?


Reading Comprehension
2.2   #11, 20, 21, 34
On page 20, middle of the page, Steinbeck describes Dora as leading a „ticklish existence‟. What is Steinbeck trying to convey
about Dora?

2.4    #9, 13, 35, 38, 44
After reading Chapter 4, what can you conclude about the Chinaman? What is his purpose in the community?




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Literary Response and Analysis
3.3    #26
Steinbeck is very careful with the words he chooses to describe characters. The last paragraph on page 13 describes how Lee
Chong reacts when he sees Mack enter his store. What words help establish the mood of the scene? How does Lee Chong feel
about Mack and the boys using this paragraph alone?


3.4   #25
Analyze the figures of speech and imagery used in the last paragraph of Chapter 2 where the author is describing Mack and the
boys. How do you feel about Mack and the boys? What is their purpose in the town of Monterey, California?




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Literary Selection: Novel                                            Connection to Theme: Doc owns and operates Western
Unit Theme: ―Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose‖                Biological. He collects and saves various things from the sea
                                                                     as well as from the land. He is very well liked by all and is
Title: Cannery Row, Section 2                                        very kind and generous. He is the ―fountain‖ of philosophy,
Author: John Steinbeck                                               science and art for Cannery Row!
Genre: Novella
Pages: 25-49 (Chapters 5-8)
Suggested Teaching Days: 3 days                                      Literary Terms: roots, affixes, inferences, hierarchical
                                                                     structures, syntax, characteristics, sub-genres, satire, parody,
                                                                     allegory, pastoral, novels, philosophical, ethical, characters,
                                                                     plots, settings.

Opening Discussion:               Standards Addressed:               Suggested Writing:               Activities:
There are hundreds of types       Word Analysis                      Using the (3) paragraph          *Utilize a graphic organizer
of stores in our world. Many      1.1 Identify and use the literal   format. Please respond to the    to structure the narrative.
of us are familiar with Wal-      and figurative meanings of         following writing prompts.
Mart, Costco, or Big 5, but       words and understand word                                            Character   Creativity    Sense
are we sure of specialty          derivations.                       P1 Write a brief summary for                                  of
                                                                                                                                Purpose
stores?                                                              Chapters 5-8.
                                  1.2 Apply knowledge of
There are music stores that       Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon      P2 Think of someone you
carry special guitars, drums,     roots and affixes to draw          know and write a descriptive
and flutes. If you went to        inferences concerning the          paragraph of an opportunity
China, there might be stores      meaning of scientific and          this person had and turned
with rare statues, pieces of      mathematical terminology.          into a creative profit.
jade, and antique lanterns. In
large cities of this world, you   Reading Comprehension             P3 Write a paragraph on how *Grammar: TE (purple)
can find markets that have        2.2 Analyze the way in which      their creativity is linked to Page 70
100s of types of spices and       clarity of meaning is affected by their sense of purpose.       ―Identifying Adverbs
herbs. In the opening of this     the patterns of organization,


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section, Chapter 5, you will    hierarchical structures,
hear of the contrasts of        repetition of the main ideas,                            *Grammar: TE (yellow)
Western Biological. Try and     syntax, and word choice in the                             Pages 82-83
use your other senses as        text.                                                      Adjectives and Adverb
well. For instance, marine                                                                 Phrases
specimens are kept in           Literary Response and
formaldehyde. Formaldehyde      Analysis
has a powerful smell…so         3.1 Analyze characteristics of
powerful that some people       subgenres that are used in
get sick by it. The sight of    poetry, prose, plays, novels,
preserved creatures floating    short stories, essays, and other
in jars would be amazing.       basic genres.

Now think about sound. In a     3.5 Analyze recognized works
pet store there would be        of American literature
varied and amazing sounds,      representing a variety of genres
but in a store where            and traditions:
everything is dead, there       c. Evaluate the philosophical,
would be the sound of           political, religious, ethical, and
silence! What would the         social influences of the
―feel‖ of such a store be?      historical period that shaped
Would you feel dust on top of   the characters, plots, and
Boxes? The slickness of         settings.
glass?

As you read this section,
think about the power of
language to convey idea,
time, and place.




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                                        Adapted Release Questions:
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Word Analysis
1.1  What does Steinbeck mean when he says, “Over a period of years, Doc dug himself into Cannery Row…”?


1.2
      The word simulate is from the Latin root simul which means                                                            .

      The term that means ―the study of life‖ is                                                                            .




Reading Comprehension
2.2
     Steinbeck describes Doc‘s character on page 29 when he says, “He can kill anything for need, but he could not hurt a
     feeling for pleasure.” What is Steinbeck conveying about Doc?

      On page 35, second paragraph, Steinbeck writes “Hazel ran his fingers through his dark hair and he peered into the
      clutter of his mind.‖ What does the phrase, “the clutter of his mind” mean?




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Literary Response and Analysis
3.1
       In Chapter 7 Steinbeck writes “The Palace Flophouse was no sudden development indeed when Mack and Hazel and
       Eddie and Hughie and Jones moved into it. They look upon it as little more than shelter from the wind and the
       rain, as a place to go when everything else had closed or when their welcome was thin and sere with overuse.
       Their Palace was only a long bare room, lit dimly by two small windows, walled with unpainted wood smelling
       strongly of fish meal . . .”
       This passage is best classified as a

      a.    parable
      b.    satire
      c.    farce
      d.    parody



Narrative Analysis
3.5 (c)

      In Cannery Row, Steinbeck mainly attempts to convey what aspects of the depression era?




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Literary Selection: Novel                                           Connection to Theme: In Chapters 9-12, Steinbeck
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose                 continues to provide descriptive prose to developing the
                                                                    character. Doc sends Mack to collect friends in La Jolla.
Title: Cannery Row, Section 3                                       Mack gets Gary to go along with him, borrowing Lee
Author: John Steinbeck                                              Chong‘s truck. (They set out with this purpose in mind, yet
Genre: Fiction                                                      always thinking of their next drink.) Frankie is introduced.
Pages: 50-73 (Chapters 9-12)                                        He is a young boy who attaches himself to Doc seeking
Suggested Teaching Days: three (3) days                             acceptance and purpose. In Chapter 12, Mr. Carriaga is
                                                                    introduced to the reader. He discovers that Josh Billings,
                                                                    Monterey‘s own author, has died and his organs have to be
                                                                    collected in order to be buried.

                                                                    Literary Terms: analogies, inferences, discern analyze,
                                                                    patterns of organization, hierarchical structures, repetition,
                                                                    syntax, main idea theme, textual evidence, irony, tone,
                                                                    mood, rhetorical, aesthetic, diction, purpose.

Opening Discussion:               Standards Addressed:              Suggested Writing:                Activities:
Have you ever set out to do       Word Analysis                     In Chapter 12, Steinbeck          *Grammar TE: (purple)
something (an errand for          1.3 Discern the meaning of        describes Monterey as a city      Page 71
someone) yet was distracted       analogies encountered,            with a brilliant literary         ―Adverbs Only‖
for some other reason? You        analyzing specific comparisons    tradition. It is described as
really needed to complete a       as well as relationships and      being very grand. Steinbeck       *Grammar TE: (yellow)
task for someone, but you‘re      inferences.                       then introduces the use of        Page 82
thinking of other things rather                                     irony when describing an          Prepositional phrases
than the task? How does                                             incident where Josh Billings,
this distraction affect the       Reading Comprehension             an author, died and his
outcome?                          2.2 Analyze the way in which      organs had to be collected in
                                  clarity of meaning is affected by order to be buried.
                                  the patterns of organization,
                                  hierarchical structures,          Using the (3) paragraph
                                  repetition of the main ideas,     format please answer the
                                  syntax, and word choice in text. below noted questions.


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Literary Response and               P1 Describe the city of
Analysis                            Monterey as Steinbeck
3.1 Articulate the relationship     presents it.
between the expressed
purposes and the                    P2 Discuss the irony of the
characteristics of different        death of Josh Billings and
forms of dramatic literature.       how Steinbeck uses imagery
                                    to appeal to give the reader‘ a
3.2 Compare and contrast the        sense of humor.
presentation of a similar theme
or topic across genres to           P3 What do you think was
explain how the selections of       Steinbeck‘s purpose in
genre shape the theme or            depicting the death of Billings
topic.                              while describing the city of
                                    Monterey? Support your
3.3 Analyze interactions            argument.
between main and subordinate
characters in a literary text
(e.g., internal and external
conflicts, motivations,
relationships, influences) and
explain the way those
interactions affect the plot.

Writing Strategies
1.1 Establish a controlling
impression or coherent thesis
that conveys a clear and
distinctive perspective on the
subject and maintain a
consistent tone and focus
throughout the piece of writing.


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                                       Adapted Release Questions:
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Word Analysis
1.3
     The relationship between gardener and green thumb is the same as the relationship between mechanic
     and __________?


Reading Comprehension
2.2
                                                                                                                            II
      In the sentence from page 63, ―. . . the boys hung a rag permanently and accidentally on the rear plate to conceal its
      vintage and they dabbed the front plate with good thick mud.”
      The phrase “conceal its vintage” means what?

Literary Response
3.1
       On page 64, paragraphs 1-5 provide an account of Mack and the boys at Red Williams‘ gas station. How does this section
       represent a comment on life as it pertains to the theme creativity?

3.2
      On page 56, paragraph 1, Steinbeck talks about Frankie and the investigation that Doc conducts to find out about him.
      What does this section say on how people respond to others like Frankie in today‘s society?

3.3
      In Chapter 12, Steinbeck talks about Monterey as a city with a long brilliant literary tradition. The reader is introduced to
      Josh Billings, Monterey‘s local author. How does Steinbeck use irony and ―the sound of language‖ in this chapter to create
      an aesthetic purpose?




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Writing Strategies
1.1
      What is the main purpose of Chapter 12?




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Literary Selection: Novel                                        Connection to Theme: Throughout our lives we come in
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose              contact with many people with diverse personalities that we
                                                                 build relationships with. In these four chapters, our
Title: Cannery Row, Section 4                                    characters show their diversity, creativity, and sense of
Author: John Steinbeck                                           purpose. Mack and his friends help Doc‘s research and Doc
Genre: Fiction                                                   and Dora pull together to help the community of Monterey
Pages: 74-99 (Chapters 13-16)                                    survive during a flu epidemic.
Suggested Teaching Days: 3 days
                                                                 Literary Terms: vivid imagery, figures of speech
                                                                 (metaphors, similes) character time and sequence (e.g.,
                                                                 foreshadowing and flashbacks), allegory, symbolism,
                                                                 ambiguities, contradictions, irony, voice, persona (point of
                                                                 view)

Opening Discussion:            Standards Addressed:              Suggested Writing:               Activities:
Have you ever been caught      Word Analysis                     Using the (3) paragraph
doing something that you       1.3 Discern the meaning of        essay format. Please respond     *Grammar TE (purple)
were not supposed to do?       analogies encountered,            to the following writing         Page 74
Who approached you about       analyzing specific comparisons    prompts.
it? How did you explain your   as well as relationships and      P1 Write a summary on            *Grammar TE (yellow)
actions? Did you convince      inferences.                       Chapters 13-16.                   Page 87
the person of your                                                                                Past and Present Participles
innocence?                     Literary Response and             P2 Write a paragraph
                               Analysis                          describing how the chapters
                               3.3 Analyze interactions          relate to the overall theme of
                               between main and subordinate      adversity, creativity, sense
                               characters in a literary text     of purpose.
                               (e.g., internal and external
                               conflicts, motivations,           P3 How do the characters of
                               relationships, influences) and    the story relate to you?
                               explain the way those             Please explain.
                               interactions affect the plot.


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3.4 Determine characters‘ traits
by what the characters say
about themselves in narration,
dialogue, dramatic monologue,
and soliloquy.

Writing Strategies
1.1 Demonstrate an
Understanding of the elements
of discourse when completing
narrative, expository,
persuasive, or descriptive
writing assignments.




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                                       Adapted Release Questions:
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Word Analysis
1.3

Steinbeck is describing water snakes in Chapter 13. He says that ‗their heads held up like little periscopes‟ as they sway
through the pool‟. What nouns are being compared? Draw the picture you see when you read this analogy.


Literary Response and Analysis
3.3
―Dora was having trouble with her income tax, for she was entangled in that curious enigma which said the business was
illegal and then taxed her for it.” What is ironic about Dora‘s business being taxed?

3.4
Steinbeck describes the frog hunt in Chapter 15. He says that ―. . . never in frog history had such an execution taken place.”
Steinbeck‘s figure of speech evokes what type of emotion about the frogs and the hunt?


Writing Strategies
1.1
What is John Steinbeck‘s purpose for including Chapter 14? How does it relate to the rest of the novel?




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Literary Selection:                                                   Connection to Theme: Steinbeck‘s character, Doc is a
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose                   man with a purpose. He collects specimens and is
                                                                      constantly focused. When he is faced with adversity, he is
Title: Cannery Row, Section 5                                         unable to cope. Mack and his boys are also filled with a
Author: John Steinbeck                                                sense of purpose: food and drink. They are creative when
Genre: Fiction                                                        they have frogs but no money. They use their creativity to
Pages: 100-127 (Chapters 17-20)                                       organize a party for Doc.
Suggested Teaching Days: 3 days
                                                                      Literary Terms: personification, analogies, analyze
                                                                      relationships, implicit, explicit philosophical assumptions,
                                                                      beliefs, theme, view or comment on life, textual evidence,
                                                                      irony tone, mood, author‘s style, ―sound‖ of language
                                                                      rhetorical or aesthetic purpose, imagery, figures of speech,
                                                                      evoke readers emotions.

Opening Discussion:               Standards Addressed:                Suggested Writing:              Activities:
Facing the truth can often        Word Analysis                       Using the (3) paragraph         *Grammar TE: (purple)
times be difficult for many       1.1 Identify and use the literal    format. Please answer the       Page 72
people. We at times are in        and figurative meanings of          following writing prompts.      Modifiers that follow verbs
denial and find ourselves full    words and understand word
of rage when someone              derivation.                         P1 Write a brief summary of     *Grammar TE (yellow)
points out the truth to us.                                           Chapters 17-20.                 Page 85
Doc drives miles at a time,       1.3 Discern the meaning of                                          Appositives and Appositive
stopping for a hamburger          analogies encountered,              P2 Discuss one chapter and      Phrases
and a beer. We know               analyzing specific comparisons      how it relates to the theme,
drinking and driving is illegal   as well as relationships and        Adversity, Creativity, Sense
and dangerous. He gets            inferences.                         of Purpose.
angry when the hitchhiker
mentions this danger. Have        Reading Comprehension               P3 Which of the chapters
you ever been upset when          2.5 Analyze an author‘s             were you able to relate to
you realize what you‘re being     implicit and explicit               because it was similar to an
told is the truth? Can you        philosophical assumptions and       experience you have had or


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recall a time when you did    philosophical assumptions and       made you think of an
not want to hear the truth    beliefs about a subject.            experience that you
about something? Have you                                         encountered in your past?
ever had to be creative in    Literary Response and
order to get what you want?   Analysis
Mack and the boys were        3.2 Analyze the way in which
hungry and convinced Lee      the theme or meaning of a
Chong to barter food for      selection represents a view.
frogs. How amateurish is
that?!                        3.3 Analyze the way in which
                              irony, tone, mood, the author‘s
                              style, and the ―sound‖ of
                              language achieve specific
                              rhetorical or aesthetic purposes
                              or both.

                              3.4 Analyze ways in which
                              poets use imagery,
                              personification, figures of
                              speech, and sounds to evoke
                              readers‘ emotions.




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                                       Adapted Release Questions:
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Word Analysis
1.3
In chapter 18, last paragraph, ―. . . He had been working in a tidal pattern so long that he could fee a tide change in his
sleep.” What is the connotative meaning of “could feel a tide change”?

The relationship between dripping and wet is the same as shivering and what?

Reading Comprehension
2.5
In Chapter 17 in the sixth paragraph, Steinbeck comments ―A man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway.‖ What
implicit meaning is Steinbeck conveying in this sentence?

Literary Response and Analysis
3.1
In Chapter 18, Doc finds a woman floating in the tide. Steinbeck describes Doc‘s reaction. How does this section of the story
address the theme of facing adversity?

3.2
How does Mack‘s use of the frogs in Chapter 20 demonstrate the theme of creativity?

3.3
What is ironic about the outcome with the frogs at the end of Chapter 20? How does the mood change throughout
Chapter 20?

3.4
In Chapter 18, paragraph 6, Steinbeck uses imagery to describe the dead girl. What emotions are evoked by this imagery?




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Literary Selection: Novel                                       Connection to Theme: This section of the novel focuses on the
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose             impact of adversity. You as a reader, will learn of the destruction of
                                                                the party. How will creativity and a sense of purpose reconnect Doc
Title: Cannery Row, Section 6                                   and the others back to a normal relationship? Let‘s find out!!
Author: John Steinbeck
Genre: Novella
Pages: 128-155 (Chapters 21-24)                                 Literary Terms: discern, analogies, inferences, analyzing,
Suggested Teaching Days: 3 days                                 comparison, clarity, hierarchical structure, syntax, sub-genres, satire,
                                                                parody, allegory, pastoral.

Opening Discussion:            Standards Addressed:             Suggested Writing:                                                  Activities:
  Steinbeck is incredibly      Word Analysis                    *Using the (3) paragraph format, please                             *Grammar TE (purple)
creative in that after this    1.1 Trace the etymology of       respond to the following writing prompts.                           Page 73
destructive and disastrous     significant terms used in                                                                            Conjunctions
party, he opens this           political science and history.   P1 Write a brief summary/graphic
chapter with the grand                                          organizer of Chapters 21-24.                                        *Grammar TE (yellow)
calmness of the store          1.3 Discern the meaning of                                                                           Page 74
where cages of rats and        analogies encountered,           2.0                                                                 Participles and Participal
                                                                 Character   Setting      Plot   Character   Event   Relationship
rattlesnakes are alone in      analyzing specific                            Place/Time          Traits              to Unit
                                                                                                                                    Phrases
the ordinariness of every      comparisons as well as                                                                Theme

morning in the characters‘     relationships and inferences.
lives. This is the telling
hour of Doc‘s return and       Reading Comprehension
his discovery of the by        2.2 Analyze the way in which
product of the prior night‘s   clarity of meaning is affected
event.                         by the patterns of
                               organization, hierarchical                                                            Climax

When Doc views the             structures, repetition of the
destruction of his             main ideas, syntax, and word
belongings and his lab he      choice in the text.              P2 How do these chapters relate to the
sits down on the couch                                          unit theme?
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enters and attempts to          Literary Response and           P3 Can you relate to any of the
explain. Doc will become        Analysis                        characters or events in these chapters?
violent and punch Mack.         3.1 Analyze characteristics     Explain why.
Mack doesn‘t resist; he just    of subgenres that are used in
accepts the battery,            poetry, prose, plays, novels,
exclaiming maybe he will        short stories, essays, and
now remember, but he            other basic genres.
never remembers, just
continues messing up
even if he has good
intentions.

Henri, initially presented as
a painter, is no longer
referred to as a painter but
as a builder of boats. A
wonderful craftsman, he
sculptures rather than
builds his boat. Henri‘s
intent is not to finish the
boat but rather to
constantly create. His fear
of launching the boat
prevents the completion of
the boat, although he does
complete the galley so he
can live in it. Henri marries
twice and has many semi-
permanent liaisons; they
don‘t last long living in
such small quarters.
When his latest lady friend
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and sees what he thinks is
ghosts. He goes to Doc
for assistance and Doc will
not commit.

After the disastrous party a
black gloom settled over
the Palace Flophouse and
all of Cannery Row. Mack
and the boys become
social outcasts. Mack and
the boys work at balancing
the scales of good and
evil. They are kind and
sweet to Darling the dog
and very patient with one
anther. Not knowing that
the boys have become
social outcasts, Doc
makes the observation that
the boys are true
philosophers. Doc also
states things we admire in
men, kindness and
generosity, openness,
honesty, understanding,
and feeling are the
presence of failure in our
system. And the traits we
detest, sharpness, greed,
acquisitive, meanness,
egotism and self-interest
are the traits of success.


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Men and mice the quality
of the finest yet they love
the results of the second.
The sale of the soul to gain
the whole world is
voluntarily and almost
unanimous—but not quite.

The turning point of the
dark cloud dispersing, is
when Darling the dog
becomes ill. Mack and the
boys watch her continue to
decline. They realize they
must get Doc‘s help. Doc
gives them some simple
remedies to do with
Darling. Darling
immediately improves. A
crack in the wall of evil has
developed and very quickly
chunks begin to break
away for all of Cannery
Row. Mack goes to Dora,
still wanting to honor Doc.
She merely suggests that
the boys have a party that
Doc does attend. Mack
exclaims that Dora is one
hell of a woman and this is
why she is a madam.

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she often encourages
friends to give parties if
she could not. She loved
parties so much that she
would even give tea
parties for the
neighborhood cats. Part of
why Mary was so attracted
to parties was to forget
their financial situation.
Her gift of gaiety became
her weapon against the
despondency that lurked
around the outside of the
house to get Tom. She
saw this as her job to keep
the despondency away
from Tom and darkness
out of their home. She
was not always successful
at keeping the
despondency from Tom.
Although, when she was
not successful she would
turn to the cats for a party.
When tragedy or fear
entered the world, Tom
was there to protect her
bringing him out of his
despondency to protect
her. She then would
become very creative in
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party.




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                                       Adapted Release Questions:
                                                      “Cannery Row”

Word Analysis
1.1
Students determine the meaning of four new words per chapter encountered in the story by listing them with their definitions.
Dictionary is required.

1.3
While reading, student discerns the meaning of the following words through inference (page 121, Chapter 21; page 126, Chapter
22; Chapter 23)

1. anemones                       1. flux                    1. squirmed                       1. concomitants
2. monotonously                   2. liaisons                2. virtue                         2. acquisitiveness
3. scomper???                     3. compactness             3. malice
4. infinitely                     4. subsided                4. philosophies


Reading Comprehension
2.2
Analyze each chapter. Write the page number and copy the statement that reflects the main idea.
 Is there repetition of the main idea?


Literary Response and Analysis
3.1
Define satire, parody and allegory.




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Literary Selection: Novel                                       Connection to Theme: Diversity: Everyone in Cannery Row
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose             was involved in gearing up for Doc‘s party. Creativity:
                                                                Everyone in Cannery Row was creating a present for Doc.
Title: Cannery Row, Section 7                                   Sense of Purpose: Everyone in Cannery Row was determined
Author: John Steinbeck                                          to give Doc a surprise party with presents.
Genre: Novella
Pages: 147-165 (Chapters 25-28)                                 Literary Terms: analogies, comparisons, relationships,
Suggested Teaching Days:                                        repetition of main ideas, syntax, word choice, organization,
                                                                theme, irony, tone, mood, ―sound‖ of language, social
                                                                influences, historical period, characters, settings.

Opening Discussion:         Standards Addressed:                Suggested Writing:                     Activities:
                            Word Analysis                       *Using the Venn Diagram                *Graphic Organizer for
                            1.1 Identify and use the literal    please answer the following            students to work out.
                            and figurative meanings of          writing prompts.                             Graphic Organizer
                            words and understand word                                                     Rising and Falling Action
                                                                     Friends           Acquaintances
                            derivations.                                                                   Hi Point     Hi Point      Hi Point

                                                                               Similarities
                            1.3 Identify Greek, Roman, and
                            Norse mythology and use the                Si
                            knowledge to understand the                mi
                            origin and meaning of new
                            words (e.g., the word          P1- Write a paragraph as an                 Low Point   Low Point   Low Point   Low Point
                            ―narcissistic‖ drawn from the  outcome of the diagram in
                            myth of Narcissus and Echo).   preparation for reading.                    *Vocabulary Definitions

                            Comprehension and Analysis          P2 & P3- Write two                     #Resource Book
                            2.3 Generate relevant               paragraphs depicting the                Internet resource visuals of
                            questions about reading on          climactic turning points in the        Cannery Row for virtual tour of
                            issues that can be researched.      story. Depict the highs, lows          the setting and background.
                                                                and climatic point.
                                                                                                        Take notes of story setting,



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Literary Response and              *Video: Cannery Row   characters (main, subordinate),
Analysis                           Reflection            problems, resolution summary.
3.2 Compare and contrast the
presentation of a similar theme
or topic across genres to
explain how the selections of
genres shape the theme or
topic.

3.3 Analyze interactions
between main and subordinate
characters in a literary text
(e.g., internal and external
conflicts, motivations,
relationships, influences) and
explain the way those
interactions affect the plot.

3.5 Compare works that
express a universal theme and
provide evidence to support the
ideas expressed in each work.




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                                        Adapted Release Questions:
                                                       “Cannery Row”
Word Analysis
1.1
     I dear‖ and ―Whanged‖ actually means what?

1.3
       Is the relationship between gladdened and scowled the same? Explain.


Comprehension and Analysis
2.3
What and who led to the divulging of the secret?

Literary Response and Analysis
3.2
In your reading of page 156, analyze the way in which the main idea is viewed, using textual evidence to support the claim.

3.3
On page 26, what is the irony of the setting of the story?

3.5
John Steinbeck wrote and published from 1925 until his death in 1968. What literary trend of Steinbeck‘s era can be found in this
novel?




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Unit Theme: “Facing Adversity, Creativity and Sense of Purpose”
Start Date:   Quarter 5
Total time:
Literary Selection: Novel                                  Connection to Theme: The entire town is preparing for
Unit Theme: Adversity, Creativity, Sense of Purpose        Doc‘s party. They dress in their finest clothes with
                                                           anticipation and a sense of purpose to please Doc. Doc was
Title: Cannery Row, Section 8                              receptive to their efforts and welcomed them and their
Author: John Steinbeck                                     creative gifts (21 cats, a quilt, and a Chalmer‘s 1916 piston
Genre: Novella                                             and connecting rod). They drink, dance and eat. Then they
Pages: 166-185 (Chapters 29-32)                            listen to Doc recite ―Black Marigolds‖ by E. Powys Mathers.
Suggested Teaching Days:                                   Outsiders mistake Doc‘s party as the town‘s ―whore house‖
                                                           resulting in a confrontation. Doc‘s place is destroyed. The
                                                           police were called to investigate by a neighbor and when
                                                           they arrived, they decided to join the party as did the
                                                           outsiders, humbly. Doc wakes up the next day, surveys his
                                                           house and is not bothered by the mess and begins to clean
                                                           while listening to music and reciting two stanzas from ―Black
                                                           Marigold.‖

                                                                   Literary Terms: analogies, analyzing, inferences, analyze,
                                                                   syntax, hierarchical structures, characteristics, sub-genres,
                                                                   poetry, prose, novels, irony, tone mood, author‘s style,
                                                                   ―sound of language,‖ rhetorical or aesthetic purpose,
                                                                   imagery, element of discourse, narrative.

Opening Discussion:              Standards Addressed:              Suggested Writing:               Activities:
Think of a time when you         Word Analysis                     *Using the (3) paragraph         *Grammar TE (purple)
were preparing to attend an      1.3 Discern the meaning of        format, please respond to the    Page 76
event (i.e., a wedding           analogies encountered,            following writing prompts.       Complete Sentences
reception, birthday party, a     analyzing specific comparisons
special event). Remember         as well as relationships and      P1 Summarize the chapters        *Grammar TE (yellow)
choosing your clothes, fixing    inferences.                       that you read.                   Page 90
your hair, selecting the right                                                                      Distinguishing a Clause


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jewelry? How did getting      Reading Comprehension                P2 How does the reading          from a Phrase
ready for the event assist    2.2 Analyze the way in which         relate to the overall theme
your sense of purpose?        clarity of meaning is affected by    ‗adversity, creativity and a
When you arrived at the       the patterns of organization,        sense of purpose‘?
event was it what you         hierarchical structures,
expected it to be? Has a      repetition of the main ideas,        P3 Choose a character in
fight ever broken out? What   syntax, and word choice in text.     these four chapters that you
happened, and did the party                                        can best relate to. Close with
continue? What was the        Literary Response and                a thought about your own
mood afterwards?              Analysis                             sense of purpose at this time
                              3.1 Articulate the relationship      in your life.
                              between the expressed
                              purposes and the
                              characteristics of different
                              forms of dramatic literature
                              (e.g., comedy, tragedy, drama,
                              dramatic monologue).

                              3.3 Analyze interactions
                              between main and subordinate
                              characters in a literary text
                              (e.g., internal and external
                              conflicts, motivations,
                              relationships, influences) and
                              explain the way those
                              interactions affect the plot.

                              3.4 Determine characters‘ traits
                               by what the characters say
                              about themselves in narration,
                              dialogue, dramatic monologue,
                              and soliloquy.



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Writing Strategies
1.1 Demonstrate an
understanding of the elements
of discourse when completing
narrative, expository,
persuasive, or descriptive
writing elements.




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                                         Adapted Release Questions:
                                                        “Cannery Row”
Word Analysis
1.3
Beginning of Chapter 30, Steinbeck compares a party to ―. . . a very perverse individual.‖ Explore this analogy and explain hat it
means.


Reading Comprehension
2.2
What is the author trying to convey about Doc when he says, “Doc covered his early evening reluctance‖ in Chapter 30, page
173?


Literary Response and Analysis
3.1
In Chapter 31, a gopher‘s struggle is described. This whole chapter is most closely related to which literary sub-genre?

3.3
In Chapter 29, third paragraph, the author explains that Doc is aware of his surprise party. Explain why this is ironic.

3.4
The author has Doc recite a poem called ―Black Marigolds.‖ There are two lines that say, “My poor divorced lips have written
excellent stanzas of kisses, and will write no more.” Describe what the poet is saying. Point out key words supporting your
description.




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Writing Strategies
1.1
In Chapter 30, Steinbeck ahs Doc recite a poem that makes everyone at the party a little sad. What do you think was Doc‘s
purpose in telling the poem? What is he trying to say to his party guests?




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