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 understand and discuss the central themes in My Ántonia.
Students will be able to understand the historical context in which the novel takes place, and the relationship between Willa Cather's life and her work.
Students will be able to trace the development of Jimmy, Ántonia, and other more minor characters in the novel.
Students will be able to connect their own experiences to those portrayed in the book.
Students will be able to analyze Cather's choices as an author and their impact on the reader.