If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To read the text carefully with an eye to descriptive language.
To produce sophisticated written and artistic responses to the text and research materials.
To produce original creative narratives inspired by the novel's themes and prose styling.
To connect the setting and events of the novel to broader historical themes.
To connect Carson McCullers's biography to the major characters and themes of the text.