Step 1: Share with students the list of top 100 songs from 1936 (the year of the Migrant Mother photograph) and provide them with time to listen to a variety. Have them complete a “Hear, Think, Wonder” chart on the music they choose.
Step 2: Compare their findings from Hear, Think, Wonder to their See, Think, Wonder charts. Circle any trends/similarities that they find. Discuss the fact that the woman in this photograph would have been surrounded by this exact music during that time period.
Step 3: In their discussions both in small groups and as a class, focus on the use of color (black and white in the photograph, timbre in the music) and its effect on the overall piece, as well as any other distinctive details.
Step 4: Use the information from the reading of both the photograph and the music to inform a conclusion about the events of 1936. Read the article “Migrant Mother” from Eyewitness to History about the eyewitness account from Dorothea Lange documenting her experience documenting these migrant worker camps. This can be used as a lead-in to studying Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.