If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To understand the short story form and Chopin's place in the genre.
To analyze complex, multi-layered narratives and construct written and verbal arguments about those narratives.
To use multiple means and media—visual, written, oral—to interpret Chopin's work.
To understand the role of complex and controversial topics, such as race, racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class, in Chopin's stories.