The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter book cover

The Scarlet LetterĀ Resources

AP English Scarlet Letter Project

Religion and the Founding of American Republic (Library of Congress)
Part of a special exhibit by the Library of Congress, this site provides an interesting mix of images, primary text, and background information on the role of religion in the European settlement of America. “America as a Religious Refuge: The 17th Century” looks at religious persecution in Europe that drove so many to British North America where settlers often established colonies often centered on passionate religious convictions.

Hester Prynne: Sinner, Victim, Object, Winner
Follow this link to NPR ‘s now-cancelled talk show, “The Connection” and hear an amazing discussion of The Scarlet Letter. Highly recommend for your own edification or for your students. Scroll down and see a link TO HEAR THE SHOW.

Hawthorne in Salem
Diverse and informative site with many excerpts from scholarly discussions of Hawthorne. Major sections of the site include Life and Times, Literature, Buildings and Houses, Explore, Scholars’ Forum, and Archives. (When you click a topic on the left, sub topics appear.) In the Literature section the follow subtopics are suggested:

Scarlet Letter – The Classic Text: Traditions and Interpretations
From the University of Minnesota. Offers biographical information on Hawthorne, the history of early editions, and literary commentary. Hit the “Next” button at the bottom of the page to work your way through the six pages. Popular site on Hawthorne, but with less depth and variety than Hawthorne in Salem site.

Hawthorne: Author and Narrator (lesson plan)
Edsitement lesson plan to recognize the difference between a narrator and an author; to explore the impact of an author’s personal history on his or her creative life, particularly in the context of American society. Has suggested activities and resources.

Nathaniel Hawthorne: Classroom Issues and Strategies
Brief overview from Georgetown University. Covers: Major Themes, Historical Perspectives, and Personal Issues

English 3 Honors Video Project on Puritanism

Study Guide – Scarlet Letter
From Glencoe Literature Library. Link to an extensive 29-page teacher’s guide.

Interactive Approach to The Scarlet Letter
Joe Mason, who teaches at the Amphi High School in Tucson, Arizona, has tried to make the teaching of the novel more interesting through the use of poetry, diaries, and presentations.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Electronic text of the Scarlet Letter, from the University of Virginia Library. (I have found two other electronic versions of the novel as well.) Passages could be inserted into a Word document for adding comments and links.

Fire and Ice: History & Biography
Part of Fire & Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings, this section has materials written by various authors about the Puritans or other Reformed subjects. There are separate listings for the sermons and extracts in the Table of Contents.

Interpreting Primary Sources
Digital History provides brief excerpts from primary sources and statistics and questions to think about Motivations for English Colonization, Peopling of America, The Puritan Mind, and Witchcraft in Salem.

The Hall of Church History: The Puritans
Billed as “Theology from a Bunch of Dead Guys,” this section of the Hall of Church History is basically a gateway to links about Puritans.