Abstract

This personal essay traces my experiences as both a reader and teacher of The Grapes of Wrath over the course of the last twenty-five years, in my capacity as a high school teacher of Advanced Placement English Literature. The opening line makes clear that the piece is not a lesson plan, nor a curriculum guide, but rather an attempt to show the degree to which the book has been important to me personally, and to show the ways I've found to make it accessible to my students. This essay includes scenes with my students, as well as research to provide background information about Steinbeck, about the censorship of the work, about the work of Dorothea Lange, about Frank Galati's adaptation of the novel for the stage, which I directed in my capacity as theater teacher.

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