This Week’s Reading Schedule: The Scarlet Letter

The reading schedule and writing log dates for The Scarlet Letter have been amended. Please see the schedule below and remember that I can take up your writing at any time! Please also note that the schedule reflects your homework for the night.

For full credit, your response must thoroughly answer the prompt and include text evidence to strengthen your point. Please scroll past the schedule for an exemplar response.

  • Tuesday, 10/16
    • Chapter 16: Note the descriptions of the forest; pay attention to color symbolism and imagery.
    • Chapter 17: What is revealed about Hester and Dimmesdale?
  • Wednesday, 10/17 – Ms. Antonacci out at Yearbook conference
    • Chapter 18: What is the significance of the sunshine? Pearl reveals a man in his natural state. What are your impressions?
    • Chapter 19: What is the significance of the water? What does it symbolize?
  • Thursday, 10/18
    • Chapter 20: What is the significance of three temptations and three denials? What is the significance of red, black, white, dark, forest, town?
  • Friday, 10/19 and over the weekend (writing assignment due on Monday) – Ms. Antonacci out at AP conference
    • Chapter 21 and 22: What are the parallels to a marriage procession? What does Hester realize?


One thing I’m seeing in some of your writing is an emphasis on summary over analysis. It doesn’t mean anything for you to bring up symbols and images without analyzing them! Be sure to ALWAYS provide text evidence to bolster your argument. See this example of a student in my fourth period who consistently submits thorough analyses:

Chapter 12: Light has a very interesting role to play in this chapter. It still represents purity and holiness, but at the end of the chapter, it is used to uncover and represent truth. Dimmesdale has driven himself mad with guilt from his sin, but no one else in the village knows. Hawthorne represents this by concealing him in the night; his dark garbs make him appear as only a shadow in the night. If he was as holy as a clergyman should be, he would have stood out in the black night like Mr. Wilson, who was “surrounded, like the saint-like personages of olden times, with a radiant halo, that glorified him amid this gloomy night of sin” (Hawthorne 69). Later, while on the scaffold with Hester and Pearl, “a light gleamed far and wide over all the muffled sky” (71). This light, that was attributed to a meteor, can be seen as a sign from God “as if it were the light to reveal all secrets” (71). A flash of crimson printed “the letter A – marked out in lines of dull red light” into the night sky (71). The same red A embroidered on Hester Prynne’s chest now hovered in the night sky above Mr. Dimmesdale next to her. The only other person there to witness it was none other than Roger Chillingworth, who very kindly offered to walk Dimmesdale home. The light had not only shown the sin Dimmesdale had committed, but it also gave Chillingworth an answer to his suspicions. It pointed out the truth both were seeking, but in their own right.

This is EXACTLY what I’m looking for – thorough personal analysis, flawless incorporation of meaningful text evidence, and chronology. Consider what change(s) you need to make to your writing assignments if you are not consistently scoring as high as you’d like.

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