If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will be able to identify key themes in the text of Cannery Row and trace their expression and development.
Students will be able to make connections between the themes of the novel and Steinbeck's biography and worldview.
Students will be able to analyze the book's structure and pacing, and identify how they affect the narrative flow, as well as how they reflect the novel's larger themes.
Students will be able to analyze the novel's tone and style, and consider how the affect the expression of the novel's overarching themes.