Today we are begining to read "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
I began the class with a Freewrite.
I gave the students two options for writing today
1. Does sin exist? If so, what is sin? And, should it remain hidden or be revealed through confession or punishment?
2. Is humanity primarily evil or good? Why?
I asked them to choose to write about one topic or the other.
After the students write for 5 minutes. We discuss both questions as a class.
I use the discussion to segue into the story on page 71 of The American Tradition textbook.
The students decide as a class whether they want to read alone or popcorn.