This 60-minute lesson plan focuses on Hawthorne’s diction and its contribution to the atmosphere in the novel. Students will identify the literal and connotative meanings of words found in passages from the novel and examine how they enhance the mysterious, supernatural atmosphere in the text. They will also identify different forms of these words, their synonyms and antonyms, and how they are used in context (parts of speech). In studying Hawthorne’s diction, students will be better able to identify and describe how Hawthorne portrays the three scaffold scenes in the novel.
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