Travels with Charley Curated Lesson Plans

Looking for a specific type of lesson? Explore these curated lists which draw together lesson plans of similar themes and/or methodologies. Remember to examine the context links in the left hadn panel of each lesson for further resources.

Getting Started

This collection is for the teacher who needs a few introductory set pieces to start off a unit on Travels with Charley. Introduce students to John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley, and the concept of taking a journey.

Reading Comprehension

A collection of lessons and activities to build language, comprehension, and writing skills.

Connecting with History

These lessons and activities take students deeper into the historical themes central to Travels with Charley.

Race and Racism

Part Four of Travels with Charley chronicles Steinbeck's trip through the Deep South where he witnessed history unfolding. This collection guides students into an examination of race and racism in the 1960s.

Analyzing the Characters

This collection includes activites and lessons at a variety of levels to help students to understand the characters and their motivations more deeply.

Analyzing the Text

Get creative with these activities. Students bring the novel to life with their own creative adaptations of scenes and characters.

Adapting the Text

Get creative with these activities. Students bring the novel to life with their own creative adaptations of scenes and characters.

Get Them Out of Their Seats

Creative chaos. These activities get students out of their seats and engaged in discussion, adaptations of the text, and exploring the world around themselves.