THE BIG READ – THE GRAPES OF WRATH – by uke86868

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									THE BIG READ – THE GRAPES OF WRATH – ORANGE COUNTY –OCT. 2008

           SUGGESTED PROJECTS FOR SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Based on themes of THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Dust Bowl & Great Depression

Banner
Have students make paper banner advertising “The Big Read”; hang banners in
schools and library.

Displays
Display fiction and non-fiction books about the Dust Bowl and the Great
Depression for children as well as adults.
Display works of John Steinbeck.
Display movies that were made during the Great Depression, or with a
Depression-era theme.

Photography Exhibit
Depression-era photos and Dust Bowl photos: these can be downloaded and
printed from several websites. Have students take photos of WPA or CCC sites
in Orange County or their hometowns. Display at school or library.

Newspapers – stories and photos of Great Depression or Dust Bowl
How newspapers covered these stories.
How newspapers used photos to tell a story.
Have art classes draw their own interpretations of a photo.
Have class write a story based on a photo.
Write a newscast for a story, tape record or video

Weather and Ecology
Could the Dust Bowl happen again?
Conservation.
Environment
Soil -Farming
Wind
Games
Depression-era “trivia” game.
Play board games, e.g. Chinese checkers, Parcheesi, Monopoly.
Organize a game tournament
Make your own games, puzzles.
Music
How the music of the era reflected the times, e.g. Woody Guthrie songs.
Make your own musical instrument.

Food
“Making do” with what you had.
Hobo stew
Soup & bread dinner at book discussion
Make homemade bread and soup
Gather recipes from the Great Depression
Preserving the harvest: canning, pickles
Canned food drive: Use as admission to event or book discussion.

Transportation
Riding the rails
Story of hoboes
Hobo signs and their meanings
Travel by car, e.g. Route 6
How migrant traveled to California

Clothing
What was the style?
Mending
Knitting
Cloth scrap saving/quilting
Feed & flour sacks for clothing and quilts
Design you own quilt

Radio
Re-enact FDR’s “fireside chats.”

Maps
USA What states were affected by Dust Bowl
Regions of the Dust Bowl – locate on map
Calculate how far the dust traveled
Map the route taken by migrants to California

								
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