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The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Featured Layouts

When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Plot Diagram
  • Character Map
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poster

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pixton Lesson Plan on The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Main Characters

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  • Aylmer from The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Aylmer

    Main character, a brilliant but selfish scientist

  • Georgiana from The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Georgiana

    Aylmer’s beautiful and kind wife

  • Aminadab from The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Aminadab

    Aylmer’s assistant

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The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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  • Plant
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  • Table
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  • Table
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  • Teardrop
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Teacher Guide

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Share the context in which The Birthmark was written: Nathaniel Hawthorne was born Nathaniel Hathorne in 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, to a family descended from Puritans. He changed the spelling of his name out of shame after learning that his paternal grandfather, John Hathorne, had been a judge at the Salem witch trials. 1800s Puritan society was extremely oppressed. In public, women had no power to voice opinions, make rules or contribute to any decision-making. Men had almost complete authority in society and marriage. The conformity and suppression of puritan society inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, The Birthmark.

Opening Discussion

Review the following themes and symbols and make a prediction about the content of the book:

  • Misguided pursuit of perfection
  • Nature overcomes science
  • Man's oppression of women
  • Red and white
  • The birthmark
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Themes & Symbolism

    Complete at the end of the story.

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  • Make a Plot Diagram
    Conflict and Plot

    Complete at the end of the story.

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  • Make a Character Map
    Character Map

    Begin at the start of the story, and make additions throughout the story.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Graphic Novel (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Graphic Novel to summarize the short story.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a wanted Poster for Aylmer or his assistant. Include specific details about his crime and appearance.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • What does the birthmark symbolize?
  • What does Aylmer's obsession with perfection represent?
  • What do the colors of skin, like “crimson” and “marble” represent?
  • How are ideas of alchemy and mortality relevant to the story?
  • What is the difference between science and nature?
  • How is the entire story of The Birthmark an allegory for society or human nature?
  • Has your idea of "perfection" changed after reading this story? Why or why not?
  • How does this story take on new relevance, now that it is possible to prevent neurological and physical "flaws" in unborn babies?
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Pixton Activity: The Birthmark 1 Themes & Symbolism

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following themes and symbols:

  • Misguided pursuit of perfection
  • Nature overcomes science
  • Man's oppression of women
  • Red and white
  • The birthmark

Instructions

For each theme and symbol, identify at least two examples from the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the Mind Map title
  • Briefly describe the scene in the panel title
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene
  • Include a quote or specific example that fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Themes & Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Birthmark 2 Conflict and Plot

Featured Layouts

  • Plot Diagram

Intro

Track major plot points while reading in order to complete the plot mountain at the end of the story.

Instructions

Summarize The Birthmark using a Plot Diagram:

  • Include a brief description and an illustration for each point on the plot diagram (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion).
  • Identify the key points that are important to that specific point in the story.
  • Think about quotes that could be used to help create meaning in each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Conflict and Plot

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The plot diagram is focused, with advanced use of language/ideas. The plot diagram is accurate, well developed, with consistent use of details. The plot diagram is complete and accurate; lacks consistent use of specific details. The plot diagram is basic; has several errors,or lacks detail. The plot diagram is inaccurate and difficult to follow.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • varies language to develop meaning
• varies sentence structure for effect
• images and characters have impact on the meaning of the panel
• language is clear with some variety
• varies sentence structure
• makes attempts to use descriptive language
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structure with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• some variety in sentence length and type
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• all panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: The Birthmark 3 Character Map

Featured Layouts

  • Character Map

Intro

Determining character traits is an important skill necessary to understanding the conflicts and themes of the plot. The characteristics that make up the main character and supporting characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create three Character Maps for the three main characters in The Birthmark:

  • It's important to add as many details as you can to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the character traits outlined in the novel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Map

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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