English III THS BLOCK SCHEDULING
THE SCARLET LETTER By Nataniel Hawthorne November 27– December 19 Learning Goals: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Students will be able to recognize and recall facts of a literary work. Students will produce explicit details drwan from what is read. Students will be able to in their own words the meaning of certain vocabulary terms, passages and actions in a literary work. Students will be able to make critical judgments about what is read.
“A” DAY Student Responses:
Scarlet Letter Group Summations: Note:
Presentations will last as long as time permits
Complete Scarlet Letter Group Summations:
Write out each selected Scarlet Letter quotation from “Sparknotes” and prepare a handwritten summation for each. Due BOC
Discuss the Scarlet Letter quotation summations - Due BOC
Read, Review and Annotate the “Key Facts” of the Scarlet Letter (“Sparknotes”)
Student Responses: Reminder:
Discuss the annotation of “Key Facts” in the Scarlet Letter - Due BOC
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Lab Day for The Scarlet Letter Essays - Typed - Garcia Format
Select one (1) essay topic from the list provided below. Minimum of three (3) FULL pages per response…Consult Garcia Sight specific examples and locations from the storyline-group summations to support your premise. Essay Due Dates: 1. First Draft Outline December 7 EOC 2. Revise Frstl Draft Outline (Peer) December 7 EOC 3. First Draft Text December 11 10:00 A.M. 4. Revise First Draft Text (Peer) December 11 EOC 5. Finals Due (Outlines/Text) December 13 10:45 A.M.
The Scarlet Letter Essay Topics - Typed - Garcia Format
Hester Prynne is considered the protagonist of The Scarlet Letter, but she is not always considered the heroine of the piece. Does Hester show heroic qualities in The Scarlet Letter? If so, what are those heroic qualities? If not, what is the difference between a protagonist and a heroine (or hero)? Relate this to at least one example from today’s society. All of the characters in The Scarlet Letter make mistakes. They all have their own agendas, and they all succumb (fail-die) at one point or another to human desires and fallacies. So who is the antagonist in The Scarlet Letter? Who is the chief villain that orchestrates the largest amount of trouble for the characters? How does this same antagonist effect today’s American society? Many people believe that the government should not be allowed to regulate personal behavior, and yet we have laws that tell us we have to wear seatbelts, that we cannot be intoxicated or smoke in a public place. In the The Scarlet Letter, adultery was a crime. What laws today do we disagree with, and where should the government be restricted in creating laws for personal regulation? Children who grow up in adverse or difficult conditions are often forced to grow up much more quickly than other children. They learn the ways of the world much sooner than they would have otherwise, and this can be both a blessing and a curse. Pearl was like those children, displaying adult characteristics as a young child. Does this seem like a realistic character trait? Why or why not? How does growing up too soon or too fast effect a young persons development? Explain how The Scarlet Letter may be read as a “psychological novel.” You may want to focus on the psychological nature of one or two characters, or you may want to trace a particular aspect of psychology across a number of characters. You should familiarize yourself with at least some basic concepts of psychology (repression, the unconscious, etc.) and the appropriate terms used to describe them. Do you consider Hester to be a strong female character? Or, to put it in another way, is The Scarlet Letter a feminist novel? You will need to provide, first, your own definition of the term “feminist” before you move on to your argument about the topic. What is the significance of nature in The Scarlet Letter? What are some of the ways in which Hawthorne use aspects of nature or natural settings in the novel, and what do you make of these representations? What do you make of Hawthorne’s character Pearl? Although she at first appears to be a secondary character in the novel, Pearl figures significantly into many of the novel’s key narrative events. How do Pearl’s actions represent her distinct identity? What is Pearl’s significance in the novel as a whole (and do not forget to consider what happens to Pearl at the conclusion of the narrative)? The novel makes extensive use of symbols. Discuss the difference between the Puritans’ use of symbols (the meteor, for example) and the way that the narrator makes use of symbols. Do both have religious implications? Do symbols foreshadow events or simply comment on them after the fact? How do they help the characters understand their lives, and how do they help the reader understand Hawthorne’s book? Children play a variety of roles in this novel. Pearl is both a blessing and a curse to Hester, and she seems at times to serve as Hester’s conscience. The town children, on the other hand, are cruel and brutally honest about their opinion of Hester and Pearl. Why are children presented as more perceptive and more honest than adults? How do children differ from adults in their potential for expressing these perceptions?
Finish up the first semester – Present gifts of gratitude.
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