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John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven Teachers Guide - Cal Shakes 2010

John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven Teachers Guide - Cal Shakes 2010

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PREP YOUR STUDENTS FOR THE SHOW–
Book your pre- or post-showClassroom Workshop!Contact the Artistic Learning Administratorat 510.548.3422x136for more info.
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Jonathan MosconeArtistic DirectorSusie Falk Managing Director Trish TillmanDirector of Artistic LearningEmily MorrisonPrograms ManagerSamantha FryerArtistic LearningAdministration ManagerAva JacksonArtistic Learning Coordinator
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SEASON SPONSORSPRESENTING SPONSORS
John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven 
has been selected asa National Endowment for theArts Distinguished New AmericanPlay as part of the NEA New PlayDevelopment Program, hosted byArena Stage.
 
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1. California Shakespeare Theater Overview
a. Cal Shakes’ Mission and Funders ................................................................3b. Artistic Learning Programs at Cal Shakes .................................................4
2.
The Pastures of Heaven
Overview
a. A Note to Teachers ..........................................................................................6b. Plot Summary ....................................................................................................7c. Character Map ..................................................................................................10d. Who’s Who: Character Descriptions ..........................................................10e. Who’s Who: The Actors ................................................................................12f. Seeing the Play—Before and After ................................................................15g. “Hard Fun”: A Blog by Our Playwright Octavio Solis..............................16
3.
The Pastures of Heaven
: Dreams vs. Reality—Can the Earth Hold Heaven?
a. Utopia ..................................................................................................................18b. What is Normal? ..............................................................................................19c. Your Life’s Dream .............................................................................................20
4. John Steinbeck’s Life and Historical Context for
The Pastures of Heaven
a. Biography ...........................................................................................................22b. Steinbeck Fun Facts and Quotes ................................................................23c. Historical Context of Pastures ......................................................................24d. Directions to
The Pastures of Heaven
—A Map .........................................25
5. Resources
a.
The Pastures of Heaven
and Other Steinbeck Novels on Film .............27b. Additional Resources: Books and Internet ................................................28
6. Classroom Activity Guide
a. Cal Shakes’ Mission and Funders ................................................................31b. Social Networking Character Study: “Steinbook” ..................................32c. Tableau: Connecting the Word and the Body ...........................................35d. Understanding Character Through Personal Connections ....................37e. Character Backstory: What Makes a Personality? ...................................38f. Create a Podcast Book Review .....................................................................40g. The Short Story Cycle .....................................................................................42h. Oral History Project .........................................................................................46i. Cal Shakes Critique—Elementary and Middle School ...............................48j. Cal Shakes Critique—Middle and High School ..........................................49
 
GUIDE CREDITSEditor:
 Trish Tillman
Contributors:
 Emily Morrison, The National SteinbeckCenter, Carole Rathfon, Trish Tillman
Copy Editor:
 Stefanie Kalem
Consulting Editor:
 Carole Rathfon
Layout & Graphics:
Ilsa Brink
IN THIS GUIDE:
 
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OUR MISSION
We strive for everyone, regardless of age, circumstance, or background, to discover and express therelevance of Shakespeare and the classics in their lives.We make boldly imagined and deeply entertaining interpretations of Shakespeare and the classics.We provide in-depth, far-reaching creative education opportunities for a diversity of learners.We bring disparate communities together around the creation of new American plays that reect thecultural diversity of the Bay Area.
OUR FUNDERS AND SPONSORS
California Shakespeare Theater’s 2010 season is supported in part by the generosity ofThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation.
John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven
has been selected as a National Endowment for the ArtsDistinguished New American Play as part of the NEA New Play Development Program,hosted by Arena Stage.The development of
John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven
is underwrittenby numerous individual donors and generous support from:
SEASON SPONSORSPRESENTING SPONSORS
 
California Shakespeare Theater701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710510.548.3422
www.calshakes.org
California Shakespeare Theater is pleased to acknowledge our 2010 corporate sponsors, whosegenerous contributions are helping to ensure the success of our 37th season.
CAL SHAKES’ MISSION AND FUNDERS
Artistic Learning programs are underwritten by generous support from the Dale Family Fund,Dodge & Cox, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,and 93 donors to our 2010 Gala Fund-a-Need campaign.

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