Young Goodman Brown - Themes

Printer Friendly Version
Grade Level
High School
Length of Time
45 minutes/homework

In this lesson, the students will read Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne and write an essay about the theme the author wanted to reveal to readers.


To read and understand Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
To learn about themes
To write an essay over a short story and state the theme and write supporting statements.

Materials Needed

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Notebook paper


In this lesson, the students will learn about themes. First, the students will read the short story titled Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As they read the story, they will take notes on the sections that reveal the theme. Then, they will take their notes and write an essay on the theme of the short story. The theme is the main idea of a story. It is what the author wants to reveal to readers. When the students begin their essays, they need to first write what they think the theme is, and then they need to locate places in the story that support their idea about the theme and include those sections in their essays.

The students will answer the following questions in their essay. Who were the main characters in Young Goodman Brown? What is the theme of the story? In other words, what was the author wanting to reveal to readers as to why he wrote the story? How does the author reveal this theme throughout the story? How did you feel about the story and what the author tried to reveal?


You can grade the students' essays on sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. You can also grade the students on how well they interpreted the theme of the short story and the statements they used to support their idea.

Sponsored Links
Lesson Plans
Lesson Plan Subjects
Similar Lesson Plans
  • True or False - the Hound of the Baskervilles
    In this lesson, the students will read The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and then they will have questions to answer on the worksheet that I have included in the...
  • Literature Soundtracks
    The student will choose ten songs to create a soundtrack for a novel read in class or as outside reading. In the liner notes, instead of lyrics the students writes a rationale of why or how the song...
  • King Arthur - How He Became King
    This lesson is about King Arthur. It covers the section, "The Winning of Kinghood," in the book, "The Story of King Arthur and His Knights" by Howard...
  • Classic Short Stories - Locked Room Settings
    In this lesson plan, I have a summary over "The Problem of Cell 13" by Jacques Futrelle. This story is a Classic Mystery. ...
  • Essay on People and Their Experiences
    In this lesson, the students will read Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin, The Magic Barrel by Bernard Malamud, and Cathedral by Raymond Carver. Then, they will compare the three stories and write about...