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 Lily Bart's character, motivations, and limitations.
Students will be able to write creatively in response to themes and topics in the novel.
Students will be able to understand the Gilded Age as a backdrop for the actions of the plot and the characters.
Students will be able to research primary sources from the time of the novel's setting and access images of historic collections.
Students will be able to produce writing based on inferences from the text and from characters' spoken and unspoken...