Assigned Mon 5/11/15:
Create a handout (style of your choosing) for your topic. Cover all of the bullet points. You may include more. Cite your sources, including yourself for any knowledge you already may have known. Include pictures and maps. You are free to be creative with the creation of your handout.
Due Friday, 5/5/15 - just bring one copy or share the document with me BEFORE class on Friday. I'll make copies. This is a change from the initial plan.

This novel has one of the biggest plot twists in literature. I hope it does not get spoiled for you. If it does, sadly, do not spoil it for others. Do not do research into this novel specifically that will give away any spoilers. If you talk to people who have read it, tell them NOT to give away any spoilers. DO NOT GIVE AWAY THE ENDING OF THE NOVEL FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR CLASSMATES

Create a handout (style of your choosing) for your topic. Cover all of the bullet points. You may include more. Cite your sources, including yourself for any knowledge you already may have known. Include pictures and maps.

Topic assignments (student selected):
1: Aaron, Jerrid, Matt, Kelsey, Ethan
2: Karlie, Adam, Sam, Brittany
3: Emma, Brendan, Abrielle, Blake H
4: Greg, Blake W, Noah, Sammi, Graham, Hannah


1. John Steinbeck
- Include a picture of the author (with citation)
- Date of birth/death
- Childhood
- Books Steinbeck wrote
- Topics he was interested in
- Biographical details (wives, children) - Awards he received
- Themes he wrote about
- Why is he considered a great American writer?

DO NOT GIVE AWAY THE ENDING OF THE NOVEL FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR GROUP


2. The Migrant Worker experience
- What is the Dust Bowl? When and where did it take place? Include a map
- Where in California did migrant workers find jobs?
- What would a typical day be like for a migrant worker be like?
- What were typical salaries, benefits, and working conditions like for migrant workers?
- What does migrant work look like in America now? Specifically in Michigan. Where are migrant workers? What are their living conditions now? Include a map


3. Developmental delays in learning
- Include graphics to display statistics if you can find them
- What are some of the symptoms of developmental delays?
- What are some of the causes of developmental delays?
- How were people with developmental delays treated, especially during the 1900s-1950s? - Why were people with developmental delays feared?
- While “developmental delay” is the preferred term, you might also find some information under “mental retardation,” which is considered offensive in general conversation but is the technical term that some medical professionals still use. Define "mental retardation" and "developmental delays" using a medical or psychological source.


4. The Great Depression
- What is the Great Depression?
- How long did it last?
- What were some of the causes? (economic and agricultural)
- What was life like for workers during the Depression? - Include pictures
- What were some of the problems with farming during the Depression, especially in the American west, including California? - include pictures
- How did the Great Depression impact the global economy?
- How did the Great Depression impact farming in America?