The Scarlet Letter is better suited for college reading. That didn’t stop my 10th grade teacher from teaching it to me; nor did it stop her from affixing a giant scarlet ‘F’ on my paper. I foolishly tried teaching it one year without proper preparation. It was a miserable experience.
Scarlet Letter Lesson Plans Sure to Get You Fired
The Scarlet Letter is one of my favorite novels. Here are some Scarlet Letter lesson plans (that could/will get you fired).
- Do some investigative work and find out if any teachers at your school are guilty of adultery. Award 100 points to the student who successfully pins a scarlet ‘A’ on his or her chest.
- Instruct students who have parents that may be guilty of adultery to do the same.
- If you have committed adultery, hold a contest on who can make the most creative ‘A’ to pin on your chest.
- Force any student who is failing your class to wear a scarlet ‘F.’
- If you wish to modernize, make them wear a dunce cap.
- Build Puritan stocks. Kidnap students from the Deans office and hold them up for public humiliation during lunch.
- Round up all the pregnant girls at your school and tattoo a scarlet ‘A’ on their forehead.
A Scarlet Letter Lesson Plan That Will Not Get You Fired
This Scarlet Letter Book Review is part of my Scarlet Letter lesson plans, one of the few that worked well. Have each student do the following after reading the book:
- Write a brief summary of The Scarlet Letter, 100-200 words.
- Write a brief Scarlet Letter analysis, extolling its literary merit, 150-200 words.
- List teaching ideas for the novel, 3-4 ideas in a bulleted list.
- Give each section a rating of 1-5 stars.
Or if you’d like something a little more ready to go, here it is: