Using the Internet, students will obtain information on the Dust Bowl, the migrant worker experience, and family entertainment during the 1930s. (See resources below.)
Students will organize their findings and using examples from the novel, give their opinion as to how close the novel mirrored what they found.
Divide the class into three groups.
Group #1 will report on the dustbowl. The report should include:
- What was the Dust Bowl?
- Where did it happen?
- Why did it happen?
- Who was affected by it?
Group #2 will report on the migrant worker experience. The report should include:
- Who were migrant workers?
- Where did they come from?
- Where did they mainly locate?
- What kind of work did they do?
Group #3 will research how families entertained themselves during hard times. The report should include:
- Games (store bought and homemade)
- Sports (indoor and outdoor)
- Social Gatherings (friends and relatives)
Where in the novel can the reader find evidence that Mr. Larkin's plight was a result of the Dust Bowl?
Where in the novel can the reader find evidence that Mr. Larkin's personality was adversely affected by his experience as a migrant worker?
Where in the novel can the reader find evidence that Mr. Larkin's experience with hard times had a positive effect on his personality?
What did the Larkin family do for entertainment?
What do you and your family do when the family budget is tight? Is it different from or similar to the Larkin family?