If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
To cultivate an understanding of the historical context in which Tess of the D'Urbervilles was written.
To read, analyze and discuss, both individually and as a class, the important and common themes in the novel.
To write, speak and express views about the novel thoughtfully and articulately.
To be knowledgeably aware of the cultural impact of Tess of the D'Urbervilles on other literary works.