Unit Plan

The Scarlet Letter and Transcendentalism

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Enhance your unit on The Scarlet Letter with a thorough and applicable lesson. Learners use the anchor text in this unit plan that asks them to consider the Transcendental concepts intertwined within Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Rather than using the lecture format, ask groups to research and prepare presentations on Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and Puritanism, and then as a class, create a matrix that compares the key tenets of each philosophy
Classroom Considerations
  • Carefully consider the implications of the letter project before using it as an activity; just as Hester must bear the scrutiny of her community, so must your class
  • The 15-page packet includes lecture notes, activities, and discussion questions
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