I created The Scarlet Letter unit for my Honors American Literature classes, but it could be used for AP English Literature as well. This recently revised 2017 version of the unit reflects my latest work on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel. The unit now includes a calendar, quizzes and keys, and a unit test with 40 multiple choice questions (key included) and a 60 point impromptu essay, with several prospective prompts that can be used. The unit features an exercise called “Find the Lines,” which asks students to go back over their reading and look for specific ideas, symbols, character revelations, and allusions that they might not have noticed in their first reading of a particular chapter. Because "Find the Lines" is an open-ended activity, no answer key is offered. The unit also contains a study guide with reading comprehension and discussion questions, as well as poems that might profitably be connected to the novel. The unit has numerous impromptu prompts that can be used during the reading of the novel and after it. At the end of their study of The Scarlet Letter, students watch the film Quiz Show and evaluate its clear connections to characters and themes of the novel. Also intended for the end of the unit is a Nathaniel Hawthorne Poetry Contest. This unit includes supplemental materials to help improve students’ writing and intellectual study as well. In order to focus on textual analysis, I ask students to practice a strict essay structure, so I have included a handout on essay structure and expectations and an essay template to clarify the structure. Also, I ask students to find and analyze literary criticisms, so I include a sample of the analysis handout I use with assigned literary criticism. Finally, to encourage focused formal discussion, I have an assignment I designate “Discussion Tasks,” which asks students to generate academic questions and comments that delve into the characters, themes, and literary techniques of the work, encouraging upper level discussion. The full unit takes about five weeks.