Teacher Guide

The Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

This is a book that contains many complex, multi-layered characters, so a focus on character development, as it relates to and informs plot development, could be a good holistic point to keep in mind while directing students.

The thought questions in this lesson plan provide material and ideas that students can use to write short original essays. For the sake of improving the power of expression, teachers should encourage students to write on topics that have been discussed in class, this time in the more formal writing style expected in a literary essay. At the same time, students should not be discouraged from choosing their own topics.

The questions provided for the final paper are most...

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