About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Lesson Plan Lange & Steinbeck: Pictures and Words



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J. Paul Getty Museum Education Department
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange Lesson Plan
Lange & Steinbeck: Pictures and Words


Grades: Middle school (6–8), High school (9–12)

Subjects: English-Language Arts

Time Required: 2–3 class periods

Author: Steven Gee, English Teacher, Fairfax Senior High School Magnet Center for the Visual Arts, Los Angeles, with J. Paul Getty Museum Education Staff
Lesson Overview

Students compare Dorothea Lange’s photographs with passages from John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. Students create an oral group presentation comparing the two works.


Featured Getty Artwork

White Angel Bread Line, San Francisco by Dorothea Lange

Human Erosion in California/Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California by Dorothea Lange

Dust Bowl Refugees Arrive in California by Dorothea Lange

Highway to the West/U.S. 54 in Southern New Mexico by Dorothea Lange

Stoop Labor in Cotton Field, San Joaquin Valley, California by Dorothea Lange
Learning Objectives

- Students will look carefully at and analyze a Dorothea Lange photograph and compare it with the migrant experience described in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.





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