High school students connect to classic literature with scarlet letters

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Eleventh grade UHS/AP English students had a chance to get a deeper understanding of The Scarlet Letter’s mhigh school girl smiles at cameraain character Hester Prynne, wearing their own scarlet letter for a day. Each letter symbolized a character flaw or “secret sin” each student chose for themselves. This activity was one way that the teacher, Gloria Foley, hoped to engage students in a real-world activity to help them better understand bigotry and rejection from society.  It may also foster an understanding of empathy for others and for each person’s unique life experiences.