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Program Overview

Steinbeck in the Schools is a program of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San José State University. The mission of the program is to promote literacy through the works of American author John Steinbeck (1902-1968).

This website is a free resource for middle school, high school, and university teachers, as well as their students. Browse the world's most comprehensive collection of reading guides on Steinbeck's works and an archive of classroom-tested lesson plans. Many of the course materials are cross-referenced with Common Core Standards in Reading. Everything is free to download and to customize for your classroom.

To help students and teachers to connect Steinbeck's writing to the larger world, the historical and geographical context section of the site provides brief essays and descriptions of the times and locales in which Steinbeck wrote and set his stories.

Teachers of English Language Learners will find resources to assist them in adopting Steinbeck in the Schools to their classroom needs. Along with general aids, specific strategies are included in the in-depth lesson plans developed for Of Mice and Men and The Red Pony.

Coming Soon

Thanks to the resources of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, audio and video media will soon be available for streaming from the multimedia section of this site. Interviews, lectures, movies, and much more will help provide greater depth to any study of Steinbeck and his works. These resources will also be an aid to teachers looking to add primary source materials of all types for students to study and analyze.

We are also building an archive of videos where seasoned teachers offer tips on teaching Steinbeck, including advice about approaching difficult material.