The Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Help your students better understand the symbols and symbolism found in The Scarlet Letter. In this lesson plan, students will examine three symbols in a hands-on activity that combines cooperative learning, literature, and art.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain three major complex symbols in The Scarlet Letter
  • Present an analysis of symbolism to a group
  • Demonstrate an understanding of symbolism by creating an original symbol

Length

45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.3

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Materials

Instructions

NOTE: This lesson should be used after students have read the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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