English 3: Of Mice and Men – Webquest (Geography, Sociology, Psychiatry, and Biology)

What are the geographical features of the Salinas Valley in California? It is in the Gabalin and Santa Lucia Mountain Ranges, and is fertile and green.
What kinds of jobs are available here? It is mostly agricultural, with manual labor and canning factories.
What was John Steinbeck’s relationship to the Salinas Valley? It is where he grew up.
What was the Great Depression? The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that lasted from October 29 1929-1940.
What were some of the causes? Stock market crashed, buying on credit, high tariffs, and unequal distribution of wealth.
Who were the migrant workers and how were they affected by the Great Depression? They were people coming from the Midwest/dust bowl trying to find work. They had moved place to place and were given low pay.
Do migrant workers exist today? Where? What kinds of jobs do they have? They are found in the agricultural industry picking crops. We rely on them to pick our crops and cut our lawns because they work for less than nothing.
What is a mental disability and how does it affect a person’s everyday life? Being unable to think normal and carry out normal chores.
What are some of the difficulties in caring for a mentally disabled person? Persistence, patience, and determination. Physically and emotionally demanding.
What kinds of support are available for caregivers? Daycare “school”, free transportation, NAMI, specific educational programs and group homes.
What is the role of friendship in caring for the mentally disabled? Being there for the special needs when they need help and being able to socialize with them.
Present the major facts about Steinbeck’s life. Short timeline. 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.
What influenced Steinbeck to write Of Mice and Men? Friendship between two migrant workers.

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