If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Reading closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it
Determining the text's central ideas and themes and analyzing their development
Analyzing the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text relate to each other and to the whole
Analyzing how texts address similar themes
Assessing how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of the text
Writing arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics of texts,...