The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an American classic that is still taught to millions of students each year. These lessons focus on Chapter 5, when Hester Prynne is first released from prison. The prose section, AP Multiple Choice questions with answer key and explanations, a link to the professional audio book excerpt matching the text, film clips from YouTube, NPR stories on The Scarlet Letter and Easy A, a good contemporary film loosely based on The Scarlet Letter is available. There is a link to a profile on “In the Blood” a play by award-winning dramatist Suzan-Lori Parks based on The Scarlet Letter but set in a contemporary setting.
The passage studied occurs early in the novel, thus a teacher can use these lessons to jump start the teaching of the novel. This is a compliment to teaching the novel, the Puritans, The Crucible, or an engaging read on its own.
In this resource there is a unique detailed rubric that can be used to score Socratic Seminars in a way that encourages organic fluid discussions. In the guide there is a step by step explanation on how to conduct a fish-bowl discussion with the rubric. An assessment essay from the 2005 AP English Literature essay Question #3 on inward and outward conformity is used which also has links to a rubric and student essay samples. Complete Common Core standards and Essential and Key Questions are included. All lessons have an opening, work session, and closing.
Tags: AP English Literature, fiction, Nathaniel Hawthorne, theme, Socratic Seminar, feminism, The Puritans, American Literature, Suzan-Lori Parks, conformity, adultery, Easy A