The Scarlet Letter

Teacher Reflections:

In the Scarlet unit, we did a debate about which man (Dimmesdale or Chillingworth) was worse and why.  I thoroughly enjoyed this, though I now realize that I need to offer more instruction on the concept of “supporting with details from text” before requiring this level of preparation from sophomores.  They are still adjusting at the beginning of the year.  I also realize that this unit does not belong so early in the year for the same reason – it is challenging to read and they need more time to adjust.


Activities Menu:

Show Scarlet Letter Powerpoint this one is more like a movie trailor than an informative slide show… also, it is NOT my original work.  Distribute books.

Quiz, Vocabulary exercise

H/W: Write a 1-2 page paper describing the connections between the four major characters (Hester and Pearl Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, and Roger Chillingworth).  Focus on organization of thoughts and characters.  Do some form of prewriting to help make your paper flow logically.  I want to see transitions between thoughts/paragraphs, but I do NOT want “Next I will discuss…”   (Typed, double spaced, MLA)  I should have use this handout from the beginning, it is a Character 4 Square.


Peer Editing Form to edit these papers.  Consider organization as well as word choice.  Avoid second person (you).

In groups, prepare for Debate.  The statement you will either defend or refute is:

                       ”Chillingworth’s sin is worse than Dimmesdale’s.” 

                       (defend: Chillingworth is worse.  refute: Dimmesdale is worse.)

Students will have a judging sheet to determine the winner of the debates.  I got these materials from this unit plan from Enriched Classics.  I really like some of it.  Scarlet Letter UNIT Plans.

Students will write a brief explanation of how they believe the book will end from this point!  We will share these with the class.

Students will answer discussion questions and fill out a concept map in groups to review for the test.

Short test in class, The Scarlet Letter Essay due


One Response to “The Scarlet Letter”

  1. […] This page has a link to a PowerPoint summary of The Scarlet Letter, as well as a teacher’s reflections on teaching it. […]

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