• The Grapes of Wrath Packets of Writing Assignments 

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    Packet #1 - The Grapes of Wrath  for Week 12


    Write #1: 20 Figures of Speech 

    Read Chapter 1.

    Then, look back through Chapter 1 and find 20 Figures of Speech in the following numbers:


    10 Sensory Images (imagery that appeals to the 5 senses of sight, sound, touch, taste or smell)

         [Find at least one each of sight, sound, touch and smell - then fill out the list of 10 with any of the 5 senses]

    5  Onomatopoeia examples (words or phrases that imitate sounds)

    5  Alliteration examples (phrases with repeated first letters or sounds)


    For each figure, copy the phrase or sentence, put it in quotation marks, put the page # in parenthesis, and label the figure appropriately.

    Extra Credit: Find up to 5 examples of Personification.


    Write #2: The Land Turtle as Metaphor

    Read Chapter 3. 

    Explain how the land turtle in Chapter 3 shares certain qualities or characteristics with the farmers of the Dust Bow. Find at least 3 shared qualities or actions and explain how they represent or relate to the farmers.


    Helpful Hint: Start by thinking of a single quality or trait that the Land Turtle has, that also applies to the Dust Bowl Farmer. For example, notice that Steinbeck says, "...and over the grass at the roadside a land turtle crawled, turning aside for nothing." Here, Steinbeck is describing the turtle, but he could also be describing a farmer plowing his field, in a literal sense, and the Dust Bowl farmer, figuratively, who must continue to plod forward, his eyes on the immediate task of surviving, and resolutely determined to survive.

    There are many similarities, both physical and metaphorical, bewteen the turtle and the farmer--see how many you can come up with, brainstorming; then, choose three traits to discuss in writing.

    Turn in Writes #1 & #2 as a packet worth 30 points as part of Week 12 assignment.

    Packet #2 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 13

    Write #3 Theme Statement


    Read Chapter 5 and create a theme statment for that chapter. Point to a specific passage or section that suggests a universal truth about life at that time in that place, and also is true for life in general.

    a Consider the idea of what determines the ownership of land, as expressed by the farmer in the chapter, versus the point of view of the land owners.

    Or, consider what becomes of a society that puts more value on profit than it does on people.


    Turn in Write #3 as Packet #2 worth 20 points as part of Week 13 assignment.


    Packet #3 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 14

    Write #4 - Found Poem


    Read Chapter 7 of The Grapes of Wrath.


    Click on the link below to see the full instructions for creating your own Found Poem:

    NOTE: The assignment asks you to experience a public place and make notes. Obviously, this is not possible during the current "Stay at Home" situation we are all living in.

    Instead, imagine a place you may be familiar with, or go online and watch a video of an event and take notes according to the instructions in the paper on the link below.

    Write # 4 - Found Poem


    Write #5 – “How can we live without our lives?”

    Read Chapter 9 of The Grapes of Wrath.

    Then, look around your home and find approximately ten precious things, of great sentimental or symbolic value—things that hold a special meaning for you, like those items the Dust Bowl farmers had to part with when they packed up their things to leave their homes.


    Make a list of 7-10 items and explain briefly why each one is precious to you.

     CAUTION: Based on an extensive list of “unsuccessful” papers in the past, 
    here is what NOT to do for this assignment:


    DO NOT include necessities like food, beds, showers, washers and dryers, etc. THIS IS NOT a survival package for a natural disaster, or a summer vacation where you can’t bear to be away from the comforts of home.


    DO NOT include expensive or valuable items like money, gold or jewels. The only exception would be a watch or necklace or other item handed down in the family that may coincidentally be valuable, but is mainly a precious family heirloom, AND has a special meaning for you.


    DO NOT include people or pets. Of course people are important, and you may be attached to your pets, but this assignment is about symbolic, sentimental artifacts of your life, not about listing all of the things you like.


    DO NOT include electronics, such as your computer, cell phone, game system, TV, i-pod, i-pad or i-anything! This is not a list of electronic toys or luxuries. (An exception might be an electric guitar for a musician, but it should be a precious item with sentimental value, not just something you happen to have).


    DO NOT include makeup or perfume or deodorant or bath crystals or anything else you use on a daily basis. Again, this is not a survival package.


    DO NOT include abstract items like Nature, or happiness, or love, or kindness, or privacy, or sleep, or fun. This assignment calls for you to create a list of real, concrete things; items on the list may represent intangible ideas, but they must be real things.


    DO NOT include ridiculous things that you have no control over, like sunshine or blue sky.


    AGAIN—DO NOT include food or drink of any kind; I don’t care how much you love Doritos.

    Turn in Writes #4 and #5 as Packet #3 worth 30 points as part of Week 14 assignment.


    Packet #4 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 15

    Write #6 - A Selfless Act

    Read Chapters 11 and 12 of The Grapes of Wrath

    NOTE: These two chapters are together, instead of alternating as the generic chapters have done up to this point. Don't panic. Just read these two chapters in sequence and they will make sense to you, as will the writing assignment below.

    Think of a time in your experience when someone did something good for someone else with no particular thought of reward--a selfless act. Describe who did what and why it was selfless.


    Turn in Write #6 as Packet #4 worth 10 points as part of Week 15 assignment.


    Packe #5 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 16


    Read Chapters 14 & 15 of The Grapes of Wrath

    NOTE: These two chapters are together, just as Chapters 11 and 12 were. This is the end of the section where Steinbeck interrupts his usual alternation of the chapters. From now on, all of the reading we will do will be the ODD chapters.

    Write #7 - "I Becomes We"

    Explain how the story of Al, the diner cook, Mae, the waitress in the diner, the bread and candy she sells to the migrants, and the reactions of the truck drivers all relate to the changes Steinbeck discusses on p. 206.

    NOTE: Because the online version of the book does not have page numbers, the following note will help you with Write #7:

    The part of Chapter 14 Write #7 is referring to is essentially the 3rd paragraph of the chapter that begins:
    "One man, one family driven from the land;"
    In that paragraph, Steinbeck is discussing an important theme of the book-one that interestingly applies to our situation today--the idea of many people uniting in times of stress so they are less lonely and scared, or "I becomes We" as Steinbeck says it.
    The longer story in Chapter 15 illustrates several ways this happens. 

    Turn in Write #7 as Packet #5 worth 20 points as part of Week 16 assignment.


    Packet #6 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 17

    Write #8 - "Laws in the Camps" 

    Read Chapter 17 (pp. 264-273).

    Explain three examples of the informal "laws" that grew up or evolved in the camps along Highway 66.

    Write # 9 - "The Three Cries of History"

     Read Chapter 19 (pp. 315-326).

    Copy the passages from Chapter 19 in which Steinbeck describes the "three cries of history."

    Turn in Writes #7, 8, 9 as a packet - 40 points.

    Turn in Writes #8 and #9 as Packet #6 worth 20 points as part of Week 17 assignment.

    Packet #7 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 18

    Read Chapter 21--NOTE: There is not writing assignment for this chapter.

    Write #10 - Patchwork Poem

     Read Chapter 23

     Click on the link below for the handout:

    Patchwork Poem Instructions

    Turn in Write #10 as Packet #7 worth 20 points as part of Week 18 assignment.

    Packet #8 - The Grapes of Wrath for Week 19


    Write #11 - T-Chart on Cotton Picking

    Read Chapter 27

    Create a T-Chart with Positive Traits on the left, and Negative Traits on the right. 

    Write about 5-6 bullet items on each side of the chart, using paraphrased ideas and/or short quotes. Do Not use Steinbeck's own words without putting them in quotes. I prefer mostly paraphrasing. The bullet items do not need to be complete sentences.


    Write #12 - 20 Powerful Action Verbs 

    Read Chapter 29


    Make a numbered list of 20 powerful action verbs. Do not include the entire sentence, just list the verbs. 

    Turn in Writes #11 and #12 as Packet #8 worth 20 points as part of Week 19 assignment.


Last Modified on May 4, 2020