Savio Students Experience Scarlet Letters
One classical piece of literature that only AP English III students read is The Scarlet Letter. After students read and discuss the moral and societal issues that are presented in the novel, they are assigned a project to reflect on their own flaws (that corresponds with their identity) and examine the flaws in society.
Students make a “scarlet letter” symbol that represents their secret sin (flaw). The symbol is meant to be ambiguous and the flaw is meant to be a secret from society. Students wear this symbol for a week: during school and outside of school (at home and in public) and then are asked to write a reflection paper on their experience.