If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To understand O Pioneers! in its literary, historical, and authorial context.
To analyze characters' motives and personalities using a variety of approaches and lenses.
To produce meaningful work and participate in valuable group discussions around sensitive and historically important topics and themes.
To analyze how Cather used linguistic and literary devices to create a unique, pastoral narrative.
To write analytically and creatively about both the narrative and its historical context.