Scarlet Letter, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 9-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Massachusetts, 1640s

Genre: American Literature

Page Count: 46 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9 weeks



Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel masterfully explores not only the historical and moral roots of America, but the terrible results of one sinful act upon all those involved. Hawthorne mixes Puritanism with the birth of Romanticism as he examines sin, guilt, vengeance, and redemption.
Hester Prynne has traveled alone to America to prepare a home for herself and her husband. In her husband's long absence Hester commits adultery and gives birth to a child. In accordance with the town's strict moral law, Hester is punished, (though leniently for this time period). She is sentenced to stand for several hours on the town's scaffold exposed to public shame and to wear a scarlet "A" for the rest of her life.
Hester's partner in sin, a prominent member of the community, remains silent about his own guilt, and Hester refuses to reveal his identity. Meanwhile, Hester's long-absent husband, Roger Chillingworth, returns on the very day Hester must endure her public humiliation. He decides to remain silent concerning his own identity but determines to seek revenge on Hester's lover.

Progeny Press' Scarlet Letter PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School level literature curriculum offers a one-quarter credit for students.
Background Information:
Take some time to research and learn about the early history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Romanticism, and Transcendentalism.
Author Biography: Discover the life and background of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Vocabulary: Enhance your vocabulary by learning and practicing words used throughout the novel through various activities that help you boost your word knowledge.
Literary Techniques: Explore essential literary elements such as grammar and parts of speech, root words, foreshadowing, imagery, synonyms, personification, and compare & contrast.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on important moral lessons and character values depicted in the story, including keeping secrets, lying, shame, penance, martyrdom, judging others, correction, pride, vengeance, confession, subjective morality, and reconciliation with God.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Choose from a variety of activities such as analysis papers on civil government, the biblical view of sin, and the biblical response to people. Conduct research on Brook Farm, a notable experiment in communal living. Write a point-of-view summary essay on a specific aspect of the novel. Explore Puritanism through a research paper. Analyze patterns and themes within the novel to deepen your understanding.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

All of Progeny Press' language arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refine their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

Book Awards:
Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction   •   #20 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time   •   #16 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Massachusetts, USA, 1640s
American Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
53 pages
Study Guide Author:
Irene Lape & Michael S. Gilleland
For the Book By:
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    7 Reviews

  • Posted by Lynne Merritt on 14th Nov 2017



    This was my first study guide. I think it went really well! Just one suggestion: I wish there was some space between answers in the answer document. Also, it would be nice to have the font size a little larger for my 40ish year old eyes... ;)

  • Posted by JR on 24th Sep 2017


    Scarlet Letter Study Guide

    Excellent guide from Christian worldview. I really like the questions and the vocabulary exercises. My students enjoyed doing it. I highly recommend it.

  • Posted by Margaret C. on 11th Oct 2016


    Well-written Study Guide

    good vocabulary exercises and the study questions are on a high level, for the most part.

  • Posted by Lesie B. on 26th Aug 2016


    Progeny Press study guides are

    Progeny Press study guides are always very helpful

  • Posted by Connie K. on 3rd Apr 2015


    great addition

    It appears this is going to be a great addition for full understanding of the book

  • Posted by Ales' on 18th Nov 2014


    The Scarlet Letter Study Guide

    This is a wonderful enhancement to book study. It is well written with a Christian perspective in view and incorporates scripture into many of the questions.

  • Posted by Kathy W. on 3rd Oct 2014


    A last minute life saver!

    My son just finished the unit on The Scarlet Letter using the Progeny Press Study Guide. When finding out his American Literature homeschooling co-op class was canceled, I searched for some teacher's aides on-line to help me teach this class myself. I was thrilled to find this Study Guide and it was exactly what I was looking for. Also glad to find a guide for every work we chose to read this year in the Progeny Press series! Well-written, easy to use, good mix of vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking questions, and helpful answer key for teachers. Thank you!