Evaluation / Sample Lesson Plan #1
Sol- 11.3 The student will read and analyze relationships among American literature, history, and culture.
Students will analyze the symbols that Hawthorne used, including the Scarlet A, the meteor, the rose bush, and Pearl.
Teacher will begin class by presenting students with a passage from The Scarlet Letter related to Pearl. The students will read the passage and write down some of the images associated with Pearl. This will lead to a discussion of Pearl as a symbol.
The class will brainstorm other things in The Scarlet Letter that might be considered symbols.
The class will break into small groups. Each group will explore one symbol, finding relevant passages that illustrate its use as a symbol. (The teacher may help by suggesting a passage for each group to begin with.) Specifically, groups will try to name just what the object symbolizes for different characters in the book.
Members will present their findings and create an organizer that lists each symbol, what it symbolizes, and at least three passages in which the symbol is discussed.
Students will read and analyze a passage from "Young Goodman Brown" and answer a series of multiple choice questions where the focus is symbols.
Resources- Complete text of The Scarlet Letter in Library and Internet resource links.