I have used this interactive PowerPoint discussion to introduce the context of The Scarlet Letter (the Puritans & Hawthorne). The lesson opens with a hook in which students differentiate between Puritan and Taliban laws. I then take them through tenets of Puritan belief and culture (accompanied by entertaining animated gifs of scenes from The Jersey Shore). The lesson culminates with a discussion of the rhetorical triangle (I use this for both college prep and AP Language & Composition) and the unit's essential questions.
Also included in this PowerPoint is a timed write on chapter one. This can be found in the "Notes" section in slide 7.