Characters in Nathaniel Hawthorne's Stories

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Grade Level
High School
Subject
Literature
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Homework Assignment
Description

In this lesson, the students will read Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne and write an essay comparing the main characters in the two stories.

Goals

To read and understand the main characters in Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
To read and understand the main characters in The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
To learn about characters and their motives
To write an essay comparing the main characters in Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil and write supporting statements.

Materials Needed

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Notebook paper
Pens

Procedure

In this lesson, the students will learn about comparing the main characters in the two short stories title Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne. As they read each story, they will take notes on the sections that reveal information about the main characters and their motives. Then, they will take their notes and write an essay comparing the main characters of each short story.

When the students start their essays, they need to first write what they think about the main characters in each short story, and then they need to locate places in both stories that support their information about the characters and include those sections in their essays.

The students will include their answers to the following questions in their essay. Who were the main characters in Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil? What were their motives? How did you feel about both stories and what the author tried to reveal?

Grading

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.

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