The Steinbeck in the Schools website is a free resource for grammar school, middle school, high school, and university teachers and students. Browse the world's most comprehensive collection of reading guides on Steinbeck's works and an archive of classroom-tested lesson plans. Everything is free to download and to customize for your classroom.
Browse our archive of lesson plans on Steinbeck's works. All course materials are free to download. Customize them for use in your classroom.
View plot summaries, character descriptions, and critical reception for Steinbeck's most popular works.
Download expert advice from SJSU education professors on how to use Steinbeck with English Language Learners.
Learn about the many settings depicted in Steinbeck’s works and their connection to real-world places.
Explore the times and places depicted in Steinbeck's fiction, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the migrant-worker camps of Depression-era California.
Learn about John Steinbeck's life, views, influencers, awards, and more.
Find Reading Guides and Lesson Plans for each work.
Click each Lesson Plan to view or choose Download to download a copy of the Lesson Plan as a .doc file.
Use these essay questions for writing prompts, journal assignments, assessments, or discussion starters.
Short answer questions test student understanding and reading comprehension for Of Mice and Men.
An in-depth, section by section breakdown of short writing prompts for use in journal assignments, assessments, and discussion starters.
This guide includes a comprehensive list of literary terms, their definitions, and examples of their usage as found in the novel.
Short answer questions test student understanding and reading comprehension for The Grapes of Wrath.
A chapter by chapter breakdown of the major discussion topics and writing prompts to help frame an entire unit plan for The Grapes of Wrath.
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Union City, California
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Since this site labels the Common Core standards that are covered in the lesson plans, it's a great resource for teachers in transition.
Chula Vista, California
I already am looking forward to incorporating materials into my lesson plans. As we make the shift to the Common Core, I find Steinbeck in the Schools to be a valuable resource that meets many of the Common Core requirements and standards.
Santa Clara, California
Thank you so much for the answers, and thanks for what you do. It means a lot that people are working to preserve all of this great content. Steinbeck meant a lot to me in high school and your work is helping to pass that on my students.