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The Scarlet Letter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Common Core Standards
RL.11-12.1. Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as
inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
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.
RL.11-12.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and
connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple
meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
RL.11-12.6. Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from
what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).
RL.11-12.10. By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades
11–CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
RI.11-12.3. Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events
interact and develop over the course of the text.
RI.11-12.6. Determine an author‘s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective,
analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
W.11-12.1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and
relevant and sufficient evidence.
W.11-12.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly
and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
W.11-12.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task,
purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
W.11-12.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products
in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
W.11-12.7. Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated
question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the
subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Monday October 6
Objective
Today students will
determine themes and
symbols in the novel “The
Scarlet Letter” and analyze
their development over the
course of the text.
Students will do this by
reading, answering chapter
questions, and keeping a
Thematic/Symbol Journal
as they read the novel.
Common Core Standard
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.
“The Scarlet Letter” Notebook
You need to keep a notebook for the rest of what we do
for “The Scarlet Letter.”
I know that it is tough transferring to a new class and
changing what you might have done before, but let’s
work together to make the transition as smooth as
possible.
Brainstorming Symbolism
Now that you have been reading your book, brainstorm with a
partner and write in your notebook about what the title might
refer to.
What might the color “Scarlet” symbolize?
What do you think the “A” might mean?
Why might authors choose to use symbols or symbolism in
their works?
Written Reflection
Complete the following prompt in 1 to 2 paragraphs:
Writers often use colors or objects to represent larger
ideas or themes. I would like you to think of one object
and one color that you think could have deeper
meaning in your own life. In your notebook, write
about this object and color.
The Scarlet “A”
What does the scarlet
“A” literally mean?
What abstract idea (s)
do/does the scarlet “A”
represent?
The meaning of the
letter will change
through the novel.
The Color Scarlet
What abstract ideas do do
the color scarlet represent?
Is is good or bad if a
character is associated with
the color scarlet?
The the meaning of the
color will change
throughout the novel.
The Prison Door and Rosebush
What abstract ideas
does the prison door
represent?
What abstract ideas
does the rosebush
represent?
Describe the sharp
contrast between the
rosebush and the
scenery surrounding
it.
Why does the author
dedicate an entire
chapter to this door
and the scenery
around it?
The Black Man
The “Black Man”
whom Hester refers
to in the end of
“Chapter 4: The
Interview” is the
embodiment of all
things evil. He’s
basically the devil.
What abstract ideas
could the Black Man
represent?
Pearl
Although Pearl is a very
complex character, since
she is a physical,
concrete person, she can
also represent an
abstract idea.
What abstract ideas
does Pearl represent?
Symbol Journal
Another kind of dialectical journal is an Analysis of Symbol
Journal. When creating this type of journal, you will target the
passage’s symbols through out the novel.
Symbolic Idea: Based on the symbols we just talked about.
Choose one to use in your Symbol Journal.
Evidence: As you read the novel, look for references to you
symbol.
Follow the format that you will see in a moment to set up your
Symbol Journal.
Symbolic Journal Ideas:
The Rose Bush
The Prison
Pearl
The color Scarlet
The Letter A
“The Black Man”
Analysis of Theme/Symbol Journal
In the left column:
Record evidence that supports the symbol you chose in
a text you are studying. Also, record the context of the
evidence.
In the right column:
Write commentary that explains the connection
between the evidence and the symbol.
Analysis of Theme Journal
Evidence (quotation or
detail and context)
Quotation:
Context:
Inference—Commentary
Homework
Read chapters 9 & 10 of The Scarlet
Letter.
Complete Story Questions.
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Tuesday October 7
Objective
Today students will
create a Symbolism
Poster for the novel “The
Scarlet Letter.
Students will do this by
working in groups to find
quotes that represent
their symbol, and write a
paragraph that explains
why the symbol is a part
of the book—how it
brings greater meaning
to the story
Common Core Standard
RL.11-12.4. Determine the
meaning of words and
phrases as they are used in
the text, including figurative
and connotative meanings;
analyze the impact of specific
word choices on meaning
and tone, including words
with multiple meanings or
language that is particularly
fresh, engaging, or beautiful.
(Include Shakespeare as well
as other authors.)
List of Symbols
List the symbols you have discovered so far in this novel.
Remember that in order for something to be a symbol, it has to be a
concrete object that represents an abstract idea. For example, a
river can be a symbol of “tranquility” but tranquility cannot
symbolize anything because it is an idea.
o The scarlet “A”
o The color scarlet
o The prison door
o Wild rosebush/roses
o The black man
o Pearl
Symbolism
Group 1: The Prison Door
Group 2: Pearl
Group 3: The Scarlet Letter
Group 4: The Rosebush
Group 5: The Black Man
Symbolism Poster
Create a poster for the symbol you’ve been assigned. On
the poster, you must include:
The name of the symbol, along with an illustrative
image (can be abstract or concrete).
Quotes that refer to this symbol (directly or indirectly),
indicating page number and chapter.
A paragraph of text that explains why you think this
symbol is a part of the book—how does it bring greater
meaning to the story?
Homework
Read chapters 11 & 12 of The Scarlet
Letter.
Answer story questions
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Wednesday October 8
Objective
Today students will finish
any work they are behind
on for the novel “The
Scarlet Letter. Students
will also study for the
Chapter 7-12 Test
Tomorrow.
Students will do this by
working quietly at their
desk or with a group to
put finishing touches on
their posters.
Common Core Standard
RL.11-12.10. By the end of
grade 11, read and
comprehend literature,
including stories, dramas,
and poems, in the grades
11–CCR text complexity
band proficiently, with
scaffolding as needed at the
high end of the range.
Quick Write/Agenda
Explain how the symbol you made a poster for
yesterday might be related to the other symbols
in the novel.
Catch up on missing work
Study for Chapter 7-12 Test tomorrow on
Quizlet.
Homework
Read chapters 11 & 12 of The Scarlet
Letter.
Answer story questions
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Study for Chapters 7-12 Test Tomorrow
Thursday October 9
Objective
Today students will work
in groups to create
Symbolism Web for the
novel “The Scarlet Letter.
Students will do this by
working with “experts”
from other Symbolism
groups to link the various
symbols from the novel
together.
Common Core Standard
RL.11-12.10. By the end of
grade 11, read and
comprehend literature,
including stories, dramas,
and poems, in the grades
11–CCR text complexity
band proficiently, with
scaffolding as needed at the
high end of the range.
st
1
15 Min. of Class
Go onto my Webpage
Americanlitlozano.weeble.com
Take the Chapters 7-12 Test
Show me your score
Symbolism Web
NEW GROUPS will have 7 minutes to complete the
following assignment:
Each of you have shown how each individual symbol
functions in the book to bring deeper meaning to the
text. However, a close reader should be able to tie these
symbols together so that they are unified. Because each
of you previously chose a different symbol, you should
have members who are “experts” in different symbols.
With your new group, your task is to make a web that
connects all of these symbols together.
Symbolism Web Example
THE
MARKETPLACE: The
place where
everyone is
exposed and
has to face the
restrictions of
society.
FOREST: The
forest is the
place of
freedom where
Hester and
Dimmesdale
can escape
society.
DARKNESS:
The time of day
that is
associated with
evil and sin, but
a time where
people can find
freedom
because they
are hidden
from the “light”
of society.
Symbolism Webs
BE CREATIVE! The webs can snake
around the paper or be formed into a
pyramid. Students will be engaging in
linking these symbols in a symbolic
representation of their own creation –
there is no “right” or “wrong”, as long as
somehow the structure makes sense.
Homework
Read chapters 13 - 19 of The Scarlet Letter.
Chapter Questions
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Friday October 10
Objective
Today students will work
in groups to create
Symbolism Web for the
novel “The Scarlet Letter.
Students will do this by
working with “experts”
from other Symbolism
groups to link the various
symbols from the novel
together.
Common Core Standard
RL.11-12.10. By the end of
grade 11, read and
comprehend literature,
including stories, dramas,
and poems, in the grades
11–CCR text complexity
band proficiently, with
scaffolding as needed at the
high end of the range.
Quick Write/Agenda
How are women viewed today if they get pregnant out
of wedlock?
As a society, do we blame the woman more than the
man for getting pregnant? What are some typical
comments we might hear about women? What are the
forums we use for passing judgment?
Finish working on Symbolism Webs
Homework
Read chapters 13 - 19 of The Scarlet Letter.
Chapter Questions
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Monday October 13
Objective
Today students will study
for the Chapter 13-19
Test for the novel “The
Scarlet Letter.
Students will do this by
going to Quizlet and
using the “Study” modes
for the test.
Common Core Standard
RL.11-12.10. By the end of
grade 11, read and
comprehend literature,
including stories, dramas,
and poems, in the grades
11–CCR text complexity
band proficiently, with
scaffolding as needed at the
high end of the range.
Chapter 13-19 Test
Go to my website and study the Quizlet Chapter 13-19
Test.
Homework
Make sure all your work is up to date
Study for Chapter 13-19 test
Tuesday October 14
Objective
Today students read an
article about Hester
Prynne and write their
opinion of how they
would characterize
Hester based on the
article and the novel.
Students will do this by
Close Reading the article
and characterizing Hester
in a written essay.
Common Core Standard
W.11-12.1. Write arguments
to support claims in an
analysis of substantive topics
or texts, using valid
reasoning and relevant and
sufficient evidence.
Chapter 13-19 Test
Go to my website and get ready to take the Chapter 1319 Test.
Hester Prynne
The following is an new article about Hester Prynne.
Hester Prynne: Sinner, Victim, Object, Winner
With a Partner your will Close Read the article are respond
with your viewpoint and opinion of Hester.
You will need to provide textual evidence to support your
claim.
http://www.npr.org/2008/03/02/87805369/hesterprynne-sinner-victim-object-winner
Homework
Read chapters 20-21 of The Scarlet Letter.
Chapter Questions
Finish your Close Reading of the article
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Wednesday October 15
Objective
Today students read an
article about Hester
Prynne and write their
opinion of how they
would characterize
Hester based on the
article and the novel.
Students will do this by
Close Reading the article
and characterizing Hester
in a written essay.
Common Core Standard
W.11-12.1. Write arguments
to support claims in an
analysis of substantive topics
or texts, using valid
reasoning and relevant and
sufficient evidence.
Hester Prynne
The following is an new article about Hester Prynne.
Hester Prynne: Sinner, Victim, Object, Winner
With a Partner your will Close Read the article are respond
with your viewpoint and opinion of Hester.
You will need to provide textual evidence to support your
claim.
http://www.npr.org/2008/03/02/87805369/hesterprynne-sinner-victim-object-winner
Homework
Read chapters 22-24 of The Scarlet Letter.
Chapter Reading Questions
Complete at least 1 theme journal entry
for each chapter.
Thursday October 16
Objective
Today students will use
this day to catch up on all
assignments for “The
Scarlet Letter.”
Students will do this by
Completing: Chapter
Questions, Journal
Entries, Group Work
assigned, Make up any
missing test.
Common Core Standard
RL.11-12.10. By the end of
grade 11, read and
comprehend literature,
including stories, dramas,
and poems, in the grade

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