I am looking for suggestions on activities related to the historical context of the novel, for a middle ability Yr10 class. I have planned a lesson that looks at the results of the Great Depression, but I could use some ideas that will help me look at Steinbeck's life. So far I have questions to research on the internet, but I'd prefer something a bit more interesting. I am wondering whether I should read the first section of the novel, and then look more closely at Steinbeck's experiences and how they are reflected in his work? Thanks.