HAWTHORNE FOR HIGH SCHOOL PACKET
Salem-born and world-renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne was inspired by the architectural splendor and unique history of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion to pen one of America’s most iconic and timeless novels, “The House of the Seven Gables” (1851).
Hawthorne is still one of the most widely read authors in U.S. high schools, and his contribution to American literature is undeniable. Below is a packet with some essential information for high school groups that are or will be studying Nathaniel Hawthorne.
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY ABOUT THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES
Teachers often seek additional background information specific to a topic, historic era or museum offering. The House of the Seven Gables is pleased to offer a selected bibliography on a variety of themes, most notably Early American architecture, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family, Nathaniel Bowditch, and the early colonists’ way of life.
Book titles are available from our Museum Store and bulk purchases can be arranged. Please contact our Museum Store manager at 978-306-7015 to place an order.
PROGRESSIVE ERA LESSON PLAN
The House of the Seven Gables, in collaboration with Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Ph.D., American Studies at Salem State University, offers teachers a lesson plan based in the Progressive Era when our founder, Caroline Emmerton, began her Settlement House initiative in Salem.
This era dovetails with the surge of immigrants to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Topics for discussion abound, and the lesson plan affords many links to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. A class trip to our historic site serves as an engaging culminating activity. Educators are encouraged to use the site as an extension of their classroom.
The House of the Seven Gables’ museum staff invites teachers to participate in a survey designed to provide students with an even richer learning experience once here. Sample survey questions are: What suggestions do you have to improve your experience? What other offerings could The House of the Seven Gables provide student groups?