The Scarlet Letter Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (R – 1995) guides students through an intense, problematic period within the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Challenge students to think critically about the decisions made by the leaders of the colony, the bravery of Hester Prynne and the impossible situation her and the Reverend Dimmesdale are thrown into.
Note: This movie is rated R, largely for nudity and violence. The times that display nudity are noted below, and on the movie guide, so you can skip over them if desired.
*SKIP: 15:55-16:30 to avoid male nudity as Dimmesdale bathes in the river.
*SKIP 39:00-39:10 to avoid nudity in the bath
*SKIP 51:00 – 53:15 to avoid nudity during a love scene between Hester & Dimmesdale
*SKIP 54:10-54:17 to avoid bare-breasted women while Roger lives with the Indians
This product .zip file includes:
- A student movie guide, PDF digital fillable form version (4 pages)
- A student movie guide, PDF print version (4 pages)
- An answer key (4 pages) is included, however, some answers will vary as students are encouraged to construct their own meaning throughout the film and many questions are open-ended.
The digital version is for a paperless classroom if your students each have a tablet/iPad. Here is a method that worked for me:
1. Ask students to download a PDF editor app if they don’t already have one. It needs to have a save function as well. I used Foxit PDF.
2. Host the file. I used google drive to share a folder with the students.
3. After students have completed the movie guide, ask them to save it in a designated google drive folder using a naming convention. (I use LastnameFirstnameMovieGuide.pdf)
Here are my tips for using The Scarlet Letter Movie Guide | Questions | Worksheet (R – 1995) with students in your classroom:
- Print one, double-sided movie guide for each student
- Preview each question on the movie guide as you come to it before resuming the movie
- Pause at the times designated on the movie guide and help students if necessary
- Discussion here is great, encourage and allow students to share their ideas and thoughts for any question
- Discourage students from simply copying answers
- If needed, and if time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the movie for additional analysis
- After completing the short answers on the movie guide, allow 5-10 minutes for each essay question at the end
- On average, completing this movie guide will require about 30-45 minutes in addition to the length of the movie