Figurative Language: Tractors Take Over

Students analyze the figurative language in a short passage from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

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L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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Activity steps

  1. In this activity, students analyze the figurative language in a short passage from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Following the “Tractors Take Over” Handout have students read the passage and answer the questions about language use.
  2. Then, have students discuss their answers and the connections they made in thinking about the passage with a partner.
  3. Extensions:
    • Discuss: How would this passage be different if different metaphors/figurative language were used? Create a class example.
    • Have students write their own questions about figurative language, using Steinbeck or another text.
    • Create a text set: Connect the Steinbeck passage to primary or information resources about the Great Depression, or compare to another text dealing with similar themes in a contemporary or other time period. Build knowledge by connecting to social studies and/or civics content.

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