If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Students will research and report on the social concerns of the 1920s, including race relations and the state of the labor movement.
Students will learn about the popular culture of the 1920s, such as the advent of radio and the style of advertisements of the time.
Students will learn about the American Realism style of writing, and how Sinclair Lewis factors into that school.
Students will discuss relevant social anxieties today that are present in the book, such as conformity, materialism, religion, and the pursuit of a fulfilling life.