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Connecting the Classics To The Present The Scarlet Letter Introducing the classic novel to high school students through an authentic experience.
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A Connecting to a Classic: The Scarlet Letter The Common Core State Standards, Grades 11-12 English Language Arts, include study of “eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth century foundational works of American Literature.” Students often have difficulty relating to the classics because of the detailed writing style of the authors. The Scarlet Letter is a classic that contains several thematic concepts that today’s students can identify with on multiple levels. One is the fear of humiliation. On the day you introduce The Scarlet Letter , wear a T-Shirt or a paper cut out of a T-Shirt front pinned to your chest with a letter painted, embroidered, pinned on the front. Observe the reactions of the students to your T-Shirt as they walk in. When class begins, comment on reactions you noted and ask specific students to explain their reactions. Connect these responses to reactions Hester Prynne must have
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