Tenth Grade Research Project: The Scarlet Letter Scandal: 350 points
What do Hester Prynne and Monica Lewinsky have in common? They have both been shunned
by society in one way or another. For your research assignment you will choose a person who has been
shunned by society and/or history who has been involved in a scandal and then compare/contrast that
person with Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter. You will not be permitted to have the same shunned
person as another student in the class; therefore, you will need to pick three individuals so that you have
After we have completed the writing process of the assignment, we will discuss the elements of
public speaking. You will give a speech to the class, as well as present a letter that you created for the
individual you compared to Hester Prynne in the research paper.
You will sign up for your research topic/individual on Monday (10/24).
1. You will be able to compare/contrast a literary character with a person in today’s society.
2. You will be able to analyze why society shuns people for certain actions.
3. You will be able to master the steps of the research paper writing process (locating sources,
4. You will be able to present your finding to the class with a speech (elements of public
speaking), as well as create a letter (like Hester’s A for Adultery) for the modern/real person.
Possible Research Topics/Individuals
People Who Were Shunned or Tainted by Scandal
1. Casey Anthony
2. Martha Stewart
3. Mel Gibson
4. Britney Spears
5. Janet Jackson
6. Andrea Yates
7. Michael Vick
8. Tonya Harding
9. Vanessa Williams
10. Barry Bonds
11. Mike Tyson
12. Michael Jackson
13. Monica Lewinsky
14. Marion Jones
15. Don Imus
16. Chris Brown
17. Kobe Bryant
18. Debbie Lafave
19. Charlie Sheen
20. John Edwards
21. Amy Winehouse
22. Michael Phelps
23. Arnold Schwarzenegger
24. Ashton Kutcher
25. Jamie Lynn Spears
26. Tiger Woods
Choose (highlight or circle) one of the individuals above, and then have your parents approve your
selection. This sheet must be signed by you and your parents and returned to me by tomorrow!
Paper Evaluation Form: Preliminary Work
Name: ___________________________________________ Class Period: _______________
Parent Signature: _______________________________ Date: ________________