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 both the journeys of Lincoln and Booth in Topdog/Underdog, as well as the poetic themes and symbols that structure the play.
Students will be able to analyze the drama and construct written and verbal arguments about the narrative.
Students will be able to use multiple means and media—visual, written, oral—to interpret the play.
Students will be able to analyze the complex relationships between a writer's lived experience and her play.