What are the geographical features of California’s Salinas River Valley?
Gabalin and Santa Lucia Mountain ranges, fertile and green
What is the Salinas Valley known as?
Salad Bowl of the World
What kind of jobs are available there?
Mostly agricultural, manual labor and canning factories (cannery row)
What was John Steinbeck’s relationship to the Salinas Valley?
He grew up there
Identify specific locations relevant to Of Mice and Men?
Salinas Valley, CA; Soledad, CA, Southeast of Salinas, CA
When and what was the Great Depression?
Severe worldwide economic depression from October 29 1929-1940.
What are some of the factors that caused the Great Depression?
unequal distribution of wealth, buying on credit, high tariffs and stock market crashed
Who were the migrant workers and how were they affected by the Great Depression?
Moved place to place and were given low pay. People coming from the midwest/dust bowl trying to find work.
Do migrant workers exist today? Where? Who are they? What kind of jobs do they do? How is the issue of migrant workers significant today?
They are found in the agricultural industry picking crops. Rely on them to pick our crops and cut our lawns because they work for less than nothing. Illegal immigrants and mexicans.
Describe what a migrant worker of the 1930’s looked like
Poor, worn out/tired, working in the sun w/o sunscreen
What is a mental disability and how does it impact a person’s everyday life?
Being unable to think normally and carry out normal chores
What are some of the difficulties faced when caring for a mentally disabled person?
Persistence, patience and determination. Physically and emotionally demanding.
What kinds of support are available for people who care for the mentally disabled?
Daycare “school”, free transportation, NAMI, specific educational programs and group homes.
What role does friendship play in the caring for the mentally disabled?
Being there for the special needs when they need help and being able to social with them
Create a list of book and film titles that have stories about mentally disabled
The Other Sister, Radio, Best Boy, Freak the Mighty, Forest Gump, Rain Man and I Am Sam
List some of the major facts about Steinbeck’s life
Born in Salinas, California in 1902. Irish and German Ancestry. Father was an Accountant and Mother was a teacher
What philosophy of life is revealed in Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech?
People should be spending time to learn and understand people around.
Give a brief definition of philosophy
Critical analysis of fundamental assumptions/beliefs
What influenced Steinbeck to write the novella, Of Mice and Men?
Friendship between two migrant workers
What are the major works written by Steinbeck?
The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl and East of Eden
Who are some of the recipients of the Steinbeck Award?
Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, Sean Penn and Jackson Browne.
What is the purpose of the Steinbeck Award?
Given to writers, artists, thinkers and activists whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values and belief in the dignity of people who are pushed to the fringes.