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The Scarlet Letter is a treasure trove of topics awaiting exploration by readers of Nathaniel Hawthorne's romantic opus. Whether looking for imagery (light/dark, mirror, scarlet letters), symbols (static or evolving), ironies, etc., there are more than enough subjects to go around. Consider assigning groups a research question/topic before beginning the novel so that they can mark support as they read. Then show your class this student-produced presentation as a model for them to critique before crafting their own presentation.
What is an allusion? Use this guide to introduce your class to allusions in The Scarlet Letter. A comprehensive definition is provided, as well as one clear example. Consider encouraging your learners to write down a few allusions they're familiar with before delving into The Scarlet Letter activity. A list of allusions from Hawthorne's novel is referenced by not included.
Here is a fun way to study vocabulary from The Scarlet Letter. Learners review 35 vocabulary words from the novel by matching and the correct term to definition. Tip: Have the class engage in vocabulary practice prior to reading the novel to increase fluency and comprehension.
Now this is a cool way to study vocabulary. Kids can click on the EZ Flash Cards to revile definitions, test themselves, or prep for reading. The vocabulary on these flash cards are all taken from the Nathaniel Hawthorne tale, The Scarlet Letter. And because these cards are in an online environment you can assign the web link as homework or set up at an independent work station.
Students write personal letters, newspaper editorials, and journal entries from the perspective of one of the main characters in The Scarlet Letter. In this The Scarlet Letter lesson, students role play each of the main characters in the play and create a specific writing assignment from that character's perspective.
Young scholars design a model that replicates a scene from The Scarlet Letter. They design four greeting cards for the main characters to send to each other. Students create a poster that compares Hawthorne's scarlet letter to a modern scarlet letter that is recognized by our society.
Although labeled as a study guide for Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the generic questions, activities, templates, and graphic organizers included with this resource could be used to track a reader’s progress through any narrative piece. Pupils summarize their reading, keep a vocabulary list, ask and answer questions, and complete a series of activities to demonstrate their understanding of each assignment.