Hearts Full of Darkness

This unit will allow us to further our understanding of American Romanticism by examining the answer to the Transcendentalists:  the Anti-Transcendentalists.  These writers, like Hawthorne and Poe, looked into the human soul that Emerson, Thoreau, and other Transcendentalists believed was divine and didn't quite like what they saw:  humans who were undoubtedly human and who were also capable of evil.  This unit will focus on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, as we also examine remnants of Colonial Voices with Hawthorne's Puritan background and backdrop.  This unit also begins our transition to the study of argument, which when coupled with The Scarlet Letter, will allow us to understand the significance of staking our claims and supporting it with effective evidence and analysis.

The Scarlet Letter

Ancillary Readings+Activities

Timed Essay #4 Sample Scores (open and scroll to the bottom--make sure you READ their justifications and compare to your notes)

Literary Theory
Transcendentalism <--this is for 12/6 and 12/7