Students use ethnographic research to enhance their reading and understanding of The Grapes of Wrath.
The ability to identify and locate specific cultural artifacts in a piece of literature helps students to understand the symbolic connotations of those elements. Specific objects and activities have stories of their own which support the larger, more global themes of a piece of literature. Ethnographic research helps students to see the connection between the social, cultural and literary contexts of literature.
Students will be able to:
- Create museum exhibits of literary symbols.
- Show how cultural artifacts act as literary symbols.
- Use the ethnographic research process as tool for literary analysis.
Recommended Grade Level
- Arts & Culture
- City & Regional History
- Great Depression and WWII, 1929-1945
Linda and David Lackey