Teacher Guide

My Antonia Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will be able to understand and discuss the central themes in My Ántonia.

  2. 2

    Students will be able to understand the historical context in which the novel takes place, and the relationship between Willa Cather's life and her work.

  3. 3

    Students will be able to trace the development of Jimmy, Ántonia, and other more minor characters in the novel.

  4. 4

    Students will be able to connect their own experiences to those portrayed in the book.

  5. 5

    Students will be able to analyze Cather's choices as an author and their impact on the reader.

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