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 both engage with and historically contextualize the story of Frank and the McCourt family.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of the genre of memoir.
Students will engage with the way that McCourt's work incorporates other genres (poetry, song, fiction).
Students will consider such themes as family, poverty, religion, and imagination in the book.