The Scarlet Pimpernel: Novel Study and Essay
In this fun English class, we read "The Scarlet Pimpernel," trace the lineage of Batman and other heroes, and write a compare-contrast essay.
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year old learners
learners per class
$10 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
55 minutes per class
The Scarlet Pimpernel is a fun romp through 18th century France and England. Baroness Orczy was one of the primary contributors to the development of the masked hero. This novel from 1905 even predates Zorro. In this fun class, we will read through the novel, improve our vocabulary, and work on writing a compare/contrast essay. Students will read the book the Scarlet Pimpernel across the course of four weeks. We will discuss important vocabulary words from the chapters we read, discuss...
Students will gain a new appreciation for the novel the Scarlet Pimpernel, recognize its role in bringing forward our modern day superhero culture, and write a compare/contrast essay.
Every week the students will have a homework assignment. Week 1: Pick a topic and write a 1 paragraph proposal. Week 2: Students will turn in an outline of their essay. Week 3: Watch the Scarlet Pimpernel. Turn in rough draft. Week 4: Turn in the final project (2-4 hours of work estimated)
Students will need to purchase a copy of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Students can purchase, rent or use Youtube to watch the movie.
A grade can be assigned for any parent who requests it. 20 points will be class participation. 30 points will be homework; 50 points the final project.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
There is a significant amount of melodrama, violence and romance in the book. There is heavy use of euphemism and some British curse words in the book (For example, "zounds" and "gads.") I would the books rating on a modern scale of around PG-13. There is also a prejudiced/very negative depiction of an elderly Jew by the antagonists. The book's take is to make fun of their prejudice. We will discuss the issue of anti-semitism briefly.