Everyone is aware of the numerous symbols that are used by Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter. However, if you are new to teaching the novel, you might need help in finding all those symbols and in figuring out what to do with them once you have found them!
I have included a detailed list of 18 symbols or symbol groups from the book on a page- by- page basis. Some of the symbols are colors, gold, iron, vegetation, flowers and rosebush, gems, thresholds, trees and forests, and witchcraft. More importantly, I have included 811 line references from The Scarlet Letter that refer to these various symbols. The lines are listed on 29 typed pages and are identified by the page number and by chapter to assist the teacher to train students to recognize symbols within a text.
During reading, students keep track of an assigned symbol. The chart for students to use is included. The chart can is then be used by the student to prepare a written and a visual presentation of the symbol for the class. A student instruction sheet and a teacher instruction sheet is included for this assignment. Numerous suggestions are provided for teacher in case students need some ideas of how to visually represent their symbol. A presentation scoring rubric is included.
A second expository writing assignment requires students to use quotations and details from the text to write a support paper about their assigned symbol. A detailed student handout guides students through the steps to write this expository paper.