If you want to give your students a little Hawthorne in their lives without trying to trudge through The Scarlet Letter, have them read "The Minister's Black Veil" and then take this 10-question quiz. About a quarter of the questions are funny, so it's a good time, even if the story is kind of dark.
When I taught the story, I wore some kind of scarf or hat or something as students entered the room and didn't talk to any of them until I told them to get the books out and turn to the page. I think even after we read the story I heard one girl ask why the teacher was wearing that weird thing on his head. Oh well, some will still be Clueless, and it's never an Easy A, but if you want to use a classic story from a classic author without trying to stop students from watching the Hollywood version, this is a good option.
If you have a black veil, wear it to any staff meetings after school, too. Then report what happens to your class the next day. Donning the veil would be great for a homeschooling parent or if you are an actual minister who teaches. Just be ready for students to question why you chose to wear it.
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