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October 22

Monday

The Scarlet Letter Reading Guide Wednesday
October 24

New HW policy: If you miss 1 hw assignment, it is mandatory that you come to Thursday’s tutoring that week. This includes absences. NO EXCUSES!

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Friday October 25 HW due on this day:
1) Finish reading & annotating Chapters 1‐3.
2) Literature Circles. 3) Packet: Chapter 1‐3 Sections.

October 29 HW due on this day:
1) Finish reading & annotating Chapter 4‐6.
2) Literature Circles. 3) Packet: Chapter 4‐6 Sections.
November 5 HW due on this day:
1) Finish reading & annotating Chapter 10‐12.
2) Literature Circles. 3) Packet: Chapter 10‐12 Section.

October 31

November 1

Argument Discussion: What is a women’s role in society? How should a woman behave? November 7
Practice AP argument essay

1) Finish reading & annotating Chapter 7‐9.
2) Literature Circles. 3) Packet: Chapter 7‐9 Sections.
November 8 HW due on this day:
1) Finish reading & annotating Chapter 13‐15.
2) Literature Circles. 3) Packet: Chapter 13‐15 Sections.

*Ch. 12 is the climax of the story. If you

do not carefully annotate it, you will

miss a lot of the symbolism/theme/etc.

November 12

November 13 (Tuesday)

HW due on this day:

Veteran’s Day

1) Finish reading &

annotating Chapter 16‐18.

2) Literature Circles.

3) Packet: Chapter 16‐18

Sections.

November 19

November 21

HW due on this day:

1) Finish reading & annotating

Practice AP

Chapter 22‐24.

argument essay:

2) Literature Circles.

3) Packet: Chapter 22‐24 Sections.

November 26 HW due on this day:
1) HW Packet (All pages) 2) Socratic Seminar WKST

November 28 Review

Vocabulary Test, Chapters 1­12 in class.
November 15 HW due on this day
4) Finish reading & annotating Chapter 19‐21.
5) Literature Circles. 6) Packet: Chapter 19‐21 Sections.
November 22
Thanksgiving November 29
HW due on this day: 1) Study Guide

In class: • Literature Circles • Socratic Seminar • Vocabulary Test, Chapters 13‐24

Test and Essay in­class.

Scarlet Letter 2 A Map of Hester Prynne’s Boston, circa 1600s Directions: As you finish reading the initial chapters (1‐5), you should be able to map where many of the following places are in relation to each other. Each location has symbolic significance, so in the chart below keep track of what the locations symbolize:

The Scaffold

• The Prison

• The Cemetery

• The Rosebush

• The Scaffold

• The Marketplace

Location

What it represents

Symbols

Prison

(41)

Cemetery (41)

The Town

• The Town’s Border (in general)
• Hester’s cottage • The Forest (with a river)

Other Symbols Rosebush (42)

What it represents

The Letter A (45)

Pearl (68‐ 80)

Hester’s cottage (67) The Forest

The Black Man (63)
The Meteor (121‐122)

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Chapter 1

Diction Analysis, page 41 Directions: On page 41, identify dichotomous words—that is words that describe the same thing in contradictory or opposing ways.

Group of Words about ______________

Different Group of Words about ______________ (an opposite thing to the
left)

Directions: Now that you have categorized some groups of words, analyze both what this means about the inhabitants of this town, and why it is important.
Analysis: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Chapter 2
Syntax, page 43 Directions: For page 43, find three quotations that begin with the same phrase. This is called ANAPHORA—when author repeats the first words of a sentence.
Example 1 of anaphora #1) _________________________________________________________________________________________
Example 2 of anaphora: #2) __________________________________________________________________________________________
Example 3 of anaphora #3)__________________________________________________________________________________________
Analysis: Why do you think the author begins so many different sentences with the same phrase, and what effect does that have on the reader? _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Tone, page 45

Directions: Most of the “goodwives” on page 45 have a very specific tone towards

Hester Prynne. Find a quotation that exemplifies their tone, and identify the tone.

There is one goodwife with a dissenting tone. Find her quotation and tone as well.

Quote from “goodwives”

Tone

Quote from younger

Tone

goodwife

Reading Comprehension, pages 45­48 Directions: For pages 45‐48, answer the following questions about Hester Prynne.
1) Hester is wearing a specific letter. What is that letter, and why do you think she must wear it?
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2) Hester reacts toward the crowd in a mixed way. What two emotions does she mostly embody, and what does that say about her character?
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3) Hester is carrying something. What is she carrying, and what does it symbolize?
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Chapter 3
Repetition Analysis, pages 53 Directions: In chapter 3, you meet Roger Chillingworth, the keen and perceptive old man. This man makes the following remark on page 53. Analyze the author’s use of repetition in the paragraph, and predict what that means about Hester.
Quotation: “A wise sentence!...It irks me nevertheless, that the partner of her iniquity (grave sin) should not, at least, stand on the scaffold by her side. But he will be known!—he will be known!—he will be known!”
Analysis: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Scarlet Letter 5 Character Analysis, pages 55 ­56 Directions: In the following paragraphs, Reverend Dimmesdale is described in great detail as he begs Hester to reveal the name of her child’s father. Identify several words that describe Dimmesdale, and analyze what that says about him.
Quotations: “The directness of this appeal drew the eyes of the whole crowd upon the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale….like the speech of an angel (Hawthorne 55)” “The young pastor’s voice was tremulously sweet…Hester shook her head” (Hawthorn 56).
Words: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Analysis: _____________________________________________________________________________________
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Character Analysis, pages 56 ­57 Directions: In the following paragraphs, Hester Prynne acts in both a meek and defiant manner. Identify several words or phrases that describe her attitude toward the different reverends and clergyman, and analyze what that says about her.
Quotations: “Hester shook her head (Hawthorne 56)” “ ‘Never!’ replied Hester Prynne… ‘I will not speak!’ ” (Hawthorn 56). “Discerning the impracticable state of the poor culprit’s mind…. dark passageway of the interior” (Hawthorn 57).
Words: ______________________________________________________________________________________
Analysis: _____________________________________________________________________________________
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Chapter 4: The Interview

Character Analysis of Gender Stereotypes, pages 59­64

Directions: In this chapter, Roger Chilllingworth and Hester react towards each

other in gendered roles because he is her estranged husband. Fill out the chart, and

then answer the AP Argument Practice essay to the best of your ability.

Roger Chillingworth

Hester Prynne

In what ways

does the

character act like

a traditional

husband or wife?

In what ways does the character deviate from the role of a traditional husband or wife?

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AP Argument Essay Directions: In this chapter, we have two characters who act in both traditional and non‐traditional gendered roles. What do you think is a women’s role in society, and how should women behave for the good of the community?

Argument: A woman’s role is to ________________________________________________ because _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reason 1: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reason 2: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Chapter 5: Hester at Her Needle

Reading Comprehension, pages 67­71 Directions: Answer the following questions about Hester and Pearl.
1) Hester could leave the town, remove the A, and hide her shame. Why then does she stay in Boston?
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2) Hester has a talent that gives her a job in the community. What is her job, and how does wearing the Letter A help with that job?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
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3) How does Hester’s talent show hypocrisy about the townspeople? _________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Diction and Tone Analysis, page 68

Directions: Hester and Pearl are described on page 68 in a contradictory fashion.

Choose a few words to describe each of them, and analyze what that means about

their character.

Words about

What they mean Words about Pearl What they mean

Hester

about her

about her

Chapter 6: Pearl (73­89)

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Reading Comprehension: Pearl Directions: Answer the following questions about Pearl.

1) Why does Hester Prynne look at Pearl “less with hope than apprehension” (Hawthorne 73)? What does she fear will happen to Pearl?
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2) Pearl has difficulty following rules. The author gives several reasons why this might be true on pates 74‐75. List two of the reasons:
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3) How do the other children react toward Pearl on pages 76 and 77? _________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Argument Essay Directions: In this chapter, we have seen all of the influences that might create a person’s temperant. Thinking of Pearl and other characters, philosophers, etc, answer the following question: Is a person’s nature predetermined, or does a person’s environment have more influence on their personality?
Argument: A person’s nature is determined by ________________________________ because _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reason 1: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Reason 2: _____________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Symbolism Analysis Directions: For the following quotation, identify the symbol. Then analyze what it means with regard to the characters mentioned, as well as why it matters that this symbol is used in reference to a child.
Quotation: “But it was a remarkable attribute of this garb, and indeed, of the child’s whole appearance, that it irresistibly and inevitably reminded the beholder of the token which Hester Prynne was doomed to wear upon her bosom. It was the scarlet letter in another form; the scarlet letter endowed with life! The mother herself—as if the red ignominy were so deeply scorched into her brain, had carefully wrought out the similitude; lavishing many hours of morbid ingenuity, to create an analogy between the object of her affection, and the emblem of her guilt and torture.” (Hawthorne 82).

The Scarlet Letter 8 Analysis: ______________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

Chapter 7: The Governor’s Hall
Diction or Symbolism Analysis, page 85 Directions: Read the following quotation on page 85. Then analyze either the diction or symbolism in a few sentences.
“Hester looked, by way of humoring the child; and she saw that, owing to the peculiar effect of this convex mirror, the scarlet letter was represented in exaggerated and gigantic proportions, so as to be greatly the most prominent feature of her appearance. In truth, she seemed absolutely hidden behind it. Pearl pointed upward, also, at a similar picture in the head‐piece; smiling at her mother, with the elfish intelligence that was so familiar an expression on her small physiognomy. That look of naughty merriment was likewise reflected in the mirror, with so much breadth and intensity of effect, that it made Hester Prynne feel as if it could not be the image of her own child, but of an imp who was seeking to mold itself into Pearl’s shape.” (Hawthorne 85)
Analysis: _____________________________________________________________________________________
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Chapter 8: The Elf­Child and the Minister

Irony Analysis Directions: In this chapter, many ironies appear. Most of them have to do with the men with power in the scene. For each of the following situations, explain what is ironic, and what this means about the Puritan society.

Quotation
“The wide circumference of an elaborate ruff, beneath his grey beard, in the antiquated fashion of King James’s reign, caused his head to look not a little like that of John the Baptist in a charger. (87) The old clergyman, nurtured at the rich bosom of the English Church, had a long established and legitimate taste for all good and comfortable things” (87).

Irony Explained

What this means about Puritan society

“It was understood that this learned man was the physician as well as friend of the young minster, whose health had severely suffered, of late” (88).

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Reading Comprehension 1) What does Governor Bellingham mean when he says, “there hath been much
question concerning thee, of late. The point hath been weightily discussed, whether we, that are of authority and influence, do well discharge our consciences by trusting an immortal soul, such as there is in yonder child, to the guidance of one who hath stumbled and fallen, amid the pitfalls of the world” (Hawthorne 89). _________________________________________________________________________________________________
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2) For the scene in which the above quotation takes place, can you think of an equivalent modern scenario where something similar might happen?
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3) What reason allows Hester to keep Pearl? If possible, find a direct quote to support your answer.
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Chapter 9: The Leech

Argument Essay Directions: In this chapter, we see how Chillingworth is affected by Hester’s sin. remember, he was expecting a young, beautiful bride waiting for him, and instead was greeted by his wife, a criminal, with some other man’s child. Keeping that in mind: Is revenge ever an acceptable outcome?
Argument: Revenge is/is not acceptable because ______________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
Reason 1: _____________________________________________________________________________________
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Reason 2: _____________________________________________________________________________________
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Chapter 10: The Leech and His Patient
Figurative Language: 103­104 Directions: in the description of Chilling worth and Dimmesdale, the author uses figurative language to describe their relationship. Find the following types of figurative language on pages 103‐104.

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• 2 similes about digging:_________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ • 1 simile about light / fire:______________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ • A long metaphor about mining:________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Analysis: Looking at the above figurative language, explain what all this means about Chillingworth’s relationship to Dimmesdale, as well as what this means about the effects of revenge:_______________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Reading Comprehension: pages 106­107, 109 Directions: Answer the following questions.
1. What does Pearl do with the burrs, and why is this important? _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. Dimmesdale and Chillingworth have a philosophical discussion about suffering and sin. What does each believe?
_________________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. What does Chillingworth see on page 109? _________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________

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