If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:
1. In both writing and classroom discussions, students will form and defend their own opinions about the text's meaning, citing specific textual evidence or inferences drawn from the text to defend these opinions. In areas where the text might be vague or inconclusive, students will use textual evidence, their knowledge of history and literature, and their own personal experience to form reasoned conjectures.
2. Students will gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for: figurative language (including similes and extended metaphors),...