Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-4)
The objective of this lesson is to establish a historical context for the novel by looking at the histories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, the town of Salem, Massachusetts, and the House of the Seven Gables itself. Hawthorne’s novel takes place in an actual location--one that Hawthorne is intimately familiar with. Several of the novel’s themes spring from the history of the novel’s real-world setting, as well as Hawthorne’s own family history.
Class Discussion: Where is Salem? What aspect of Salem’s history is most well-known? When/why did the witch trials happen? What happened during the trials? What are the characteristics of Salem today? What are the important elements of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s background, education, career, etc.? What is Hawthorne’s connection with the witch trials and how did this connection influence him? What is the real-life history of the House of...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.2(a), 9-10.2(b), 9-10.2(d), 9-10.6, 9-10.7, 9-10.8, 9-10.9, 11-12.2(a), 11-12.2(b), 11-12.2(d), 11-12.6, 11-12.7, 11-12.8, 11-12.9
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