Juniors enjoy the Scarlet Letter

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McCracken’s AP Eng III & Bryant’s Dual Credit Eng III came together to cover the novel The Scarlet Letter. The two courses were combined to be introduced to the novel together, as a whole. Each class read & discussed the novel over a 2-3 week period. Once during the reading, we combined classes to discuss thematic elements and contemporary examples.  Next, students from both classes were assigned to create their own “Scarlet Letter” representing either a personal vice or virtue – much like the scarlet letter worn by Hester Prynne in the novel. Last week the classes mixed again to form small groups and write their own critical thinking / analysis questions over the text. Finally, the classes have combined again and are spending two days this week (today & Friday) participating in Socratic Seminar discussions about the novel.
This is the first time that these two advanced ELA classes have joined together to read, analyze & discuss a literary work and share the different perspectives each course brings to the novel – the Dual Credit Eng III classes were approaching the novel from the perspective of personal identity, while the AP Eng III classes were viewing it with regards to justice and the critical nature of society. The students enjoyed hearing from peers in a different class, and all students were able to interact and learn from a different ELA teacher.
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