Teacher Guide

O Pioneers 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

    To understand O Pioneers! in its literary, historical, and authorial context.

  2. 2

    To analyze characters' motives and personalities using a variety of approaches and lenses.

  3. 3

    To produce meaningful work and participate in valuable group discussions around sensitive and historically important topics and themes.

  4. 4

    To analyze how Cather used linguistic and literary devices to create a unique, pastoral narrative.

  5. 5

    To write analytically and creatively about both the narrative and its historical context.

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