If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
Formulate arguments and opinions about the themes addressed in the text and defend them with examples from textual analysis and research in writing, classroom discussions, and presentations.
Challenge assumptions and understand and appreciate a diversity of viewpoints.
Connect the novel to broader social and environmental themes.
Demonstrate an ability to use the Socratic method and analyze its effectiveness as a teaching method.