RECORD THE FOLLOWING NOTES IN THE LITERATURE SECTION OF YOUR NOTEBOOK
John Steinbeck's The Pearl
Students should be recording reading notes, using the two-column notes method, while reading Steinbeck's The Pearl paying close attention to elements that help answer the following question:
In his 1962 Nobel Prize speech, Steinbeck states, “the ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement.” If Steinbeck wrote The Pearl to expose our “faults and failures” and bring to light our “dark and dangerous dreams,” what do you consider those faults, failures, and dreams to be? How are readers improved by being exposed to their existence?
Two-Column Notes Sample