The Grapes of Wrath & the American Dream
THE COLLEGE BOARD:
“The exercises in this exhilarating volume focus on observation skills; theme, variation, and repetition in the novel; period music, and art. Its 11 chapters reveal the social production of art in action by showing the interpenetration of all the arts—painting, music, film, journalism, theater, and novels—to produce social change. A sure-fire hit with students.”
Chapters are LACED WITH DRAMATIC MINI NARRATIVES AND CAPTIVATING ANECDOTES THAT GRAB AND HOLD STUDENTS’ ATTENTION.
(SEE TEXT SAMPLES BELOW IN GREEN.)
NEXUS booklets are not written like the typical dry textbook.
EVERY PAGE ENGAGES and STIMULATES CRITICAL and CREATIVE THINKING.
“CURRENT STUDIES are revealing that adolescents undergo major developmental changes in their BRAIN NETWORKS — that is, in how the different regions of their brains “talk” to one another, co-regulate, and coordinate….It is the networks’ interdependence that strengthens the rationale for a whole learner approach to education, and likely explains why, when done well, such an approach is so powerful. – EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, May 2020
The Educational Leadership article goes on to state that the brain has three interdependent networks, one of which is driven by emotions. When this emotional network is NOT stimulated, which is often the case in academic learning environments with traditional textbooks, the other brain networks do not function as well. “One can think of the kids’ emotional engagement…as fueling motivated thinking, either concrete or abstract, like the outboard motor that both pushes the boat and steers it.” Part of the reason the NEXUS approach is so effective is because it not only connects disciplines, it also connects learning to students’ emotional and experiential brain networks (see The Harlem Renaissance text samples in green, the Julius Caesar text sample under “Lesson on Shakespeare’s Language and the Writings of Julius Caesar,” Antigone text samples: “Antigone’s Challenge: Democracy or Dictatorship” and “A Recipe for Tragedy: Aristotle and Oedipus Rex,” and the Macbeth sample text under “Lesson on Macbeth Themes: Fatal Passion and the War Within.”)
CLASSROOM NOTES PLUS, NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
“Each [NEXUS] volume…is a hybrid of a well-written interdisciplinary textbook and a lively, attractive magazine.”
Writers and consultants in this volume include preeminent Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott, editor of Working Days, The Journals of The Grapes of Wrath and author of Steinbeck’s Typewriter: Essays on His Art. DeMott also wrote the introduction to The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Classics Series)and serves on the Steinbeck Review editorial board.
Susan Shillinglaw, former director of the Steinbeck Research Center at San Jose State Univ., co-author of A Journey into Steinbeck’s California, and editor of Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent.
Anne Loftis, author of Witnesses to the Struggle: Imaging the 1930s California Labor Movement.
Lorraine Brown, former director of the Research Center for Federal Theatre at George Mason Univ. and co-author of Free Adult, Uncensored, the Living History of the Federal Theatre Project.
Francis V. O’Connor, preeminent mural scholar, author of The WPA Era: Urban Views and Visions and editor of The New Deal Art Projects: An Anthology of Memoirs and Art for the Millions: Essays from the 1930’s by Artists and Administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project.
Marlene Park, co-author of New Deal for Art: The Government Art Projects of the 1930s and Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, and former art history professor at CUNY.
Kenneth Bindas, author of All of this Music Belongs to the Nation: The WPA’s Federal Music Project…and Modernity and the Great Depression. History Chair at Kent State Univ.
Paul Ferguson, writer for Jazz Player, Case Western Reserve Univ. Jazz Division Head, and former trombonist for the new Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras.
Aligned with Common Core Standards. For secondary students.
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