If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Read Emma with an eye toward Austen's uniquely sympathetic, ironic tone.
Understand the social order and etiquette of Emma's time and how those constraints affect the narrative.
Connect the classic text to modern interpretations, and create contemporary retellings of the story.
Be able to discuss in writing and in a group setting the role of friendship and relationships in Emma, and support critical arguments with textual evidence.