Dorothea Lange's iconic photos of Depression-era America and the farming families forced to flee meteorological and financial disasters often focus on the roads the migrants travelled. In Shine Bright 1re Advanced File 4 "On the Road", pupils analyse a photo by Lange juxtaposed with extracts from John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. This resource will allow them to learn more about Lange and her work, and the importance of travelling the roads west to a generation of migrants from the Dust Bowl.
Lange was one of several photographers and artists who documented the Great Depression for the Farm Security Administration as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal.
In this B1-B2 sequence, students view a short slideshow and react to some photographs by Dorothea Lange. Then, they read two complementary biographical presentations in groups before pairing up to share what they discovered.
Culture, language and structures
- Dorothea Lange
- The Great Depression and the 1930s in the U.S.A.
- Making and defending hypotheses
- Expressing the past
- Expressing cause, means, goal and consequence
- make someone V – result in…
- enable / allow…
- wish +V-ed
© The Dorothea Lange Collection, the Oakland Museum of California,
City of Oakland. Gift of Paul S. Taylor