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Online pre-discussion

By 5pm Monday Tuesday, complete a brief online exercise that prepares you for Wednesday's class.

To prepare, read Chapters 1-6 of The Scarlet Letter. (Note that there is a long introduction before Chapter 1... I am not assigning that introduction.)

Last week, there was a GriffinGate component to this assignment. This time, there won't be. All you need to know is right here, on this page.


Reminder: On your own blog, create a separate blog entry for each item listed as an assigned "text" on the course web site. (It's not necessary to post something on the texts we looked at in class on the first day. So far, that means,
  1. Rip Van Winkle
  2. The Wife
  3. Young Goodman Brown
  4. The Scarlet Letter 1-6
  5. I also asked you to post a comment on the course web page for How to Read Literature...  http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2010/09/how_to_read_literature/  If you already did that on the course page, you don't need to create a separate blog entry.
For Wednesday,
  1. The Scarlet Letter 7-12
  2. How to Read Literature, Ch 3, 5, 7
Reminder -- I'm not asking you to post a quote from each chapter (although you are of course welcome to post more than one quote)

I will not usually post a list like this as part of your Monday online assignment, but I'm happy to do this for now, to help you get into the swing of things.


1) Choose one chapter (from 1-6), and highlight it (following the same color scheme we used last time.  Blue for a word you had to look up, yellow for something that interested you, pink for something that puzzled or confused you, green and purple for any recurring theme that you find worth tracking.) (Bring it to class.)

2) Pick one theme (either your green theme or your purple theme) and look for evidence of its importance in at least two additional chapters. (Highlight it where you find it.)  If neither your green theme nor your purple theme stretches across three chapters, try to find a different theme that does. (Bring it to class.)

3) During class on Wednesday, we will do an in-class assignment that follows up on this homework.

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