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 analyze a complex story and understand Jack Burden's role as an unreliable narrator.
Students will be able to explore the concept of a roman à clef by both analyzing the history behind All the King's Men and writing their own parallel narrative.
Students will be able to develop their skills in both analytical and narrative writing.
Students will conduct in-depth research on the author and on American history.