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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Mar 29, 2007

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bookshelves: taught, highschool, adult-fiction, 1001cbymrbyug, ccexemplars
Read in September, 1996 , read count: 4

I teach this book every fall, and even though the students moan about how hard it is, I still teach it. I am not a huge fan of Hawthorne. I agree with my students in many ways; I think he uses sentences that are too long and complex and he uses necessarily flowery language. But, I do think two things are great about this book: 1) The characters and their emotions are deep and intersting and 2) I think its funny that this book is such an honored classic, but its really very simular to Jerry Springer!

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message 1: by Penny (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:06AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Penny I hear many people talk about this book being hard to read. I actually listened to an audiobook version during my commute, and I didn't find it hard to understand at all.

I know there is no substitute for reading (I would never do audiobooks if I could read on the bus without wanting to hurl), but I wonder if having your students listen to the first 10 or 15 minutes of the audiobook version to get them started would help. Maybe it would help them get in the flow before they go off and read on their own. Just a thought...

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