In the mid 19th century, a little town in Massachusetts produced literary geniuses including Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
These Free Resources for Studying Alcott and Hawthorne & Their Works will help your kids explore these brilliant literary minds from Concord, Massachusetts.
This post is part of the Classic Authors & Their Works Series
The homes of both Alcott and Hawthorne are still around today and have become must-see tourist spots for those traveling to the landing place of the Mayflower.
Their homes, Alcott’s home the Orchard House and Hawthorne’s The Wayside, are designated as National Historic Landmarks and visitors can take guided tours to see where they wrote.
Want to know something interesting? Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home The Wayside was also Louisa May Alcott’s childhood home.
Their most famous works of art (Alcott- Little Women, Hawthorne- The Scarlet Letter) were some of the first books I read in college.
I am glad to have been afforded the opportunity to read these books.
Although the books are extremely different and are about very different times and developments in Massachusetts, each was captivating and special in their own ways.
Free Resources for Studying Louisa May Alcott:
Louisa May Alcott led a fascinating life for a woman of her time. She wrote various literary works, of which many were written under an alias Flora Fairfield.
However, her loosely biographically based book, Little Women, was her most famous of them all. The book is set during the American Civil War and is about the struggle of the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
The story touched on many themes like family, gender norms and expectations, ambition, death, marriage, and romance.
10 Little Facts About Louisa May Alcott | Mental Floss
Louisa May Alcott is My Passion (Dedicated to analysis and reflection by Susan Bailey on the life, works, and legacy of Louisa May Alcott and her family.)
The Two Loves of Louisa May Alcott | New England Historical Society
Louisa May Alcott Biography (1832–1888) | Biography.com
Quotes by Louisa May Alcott | Kwize
Louisa May Alcott Biography Pack FREE Preview | A Page out of History
Alcott FREE Printable Activity, Sites, and Resources | Read Write Think
Louisa May Alcott’s works
FREE Little Women Quiz | Ima Rider
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – FREE Ebook | Gutenberg.org
Little Women: Questions and Activities for Christmas | Christian Novel Studies
FREE Little Women (2017) Movie Scene Guide | A Classical Classroom
Little Women facts for kids | KidsKiddle
Little Women Facts & FREE Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Literary Elements Activity For Novel Units Distance Learning FREE | Project Based Learning with Elle Madison
Character Analysis Brochure Activity Distance Learning FREE | Project Based Learning with Elle Madison
Free Resources for Studying Nathaniel Hawthorne
One of the judges for the Salem witch trials was Hawthorne’s ancestor, therefore he had added a “w” to his last name in order to separate himself from that horrible legacy.
In his stories, Hawthorne used a lot of allegory and symbolism, which made him one of the most studied writers of his time.
His most famous book, The Scarlet Letter was about a woman who was put to shame for being an adulteress with an illegitimate child. Hester Prynne, the main character, was one of the first strong female lead characters.
The Scarlet Letter is full of different symbols depicting things that happened during that time period.
10 Things You May Not Know About Nathaniel Hawthorne | History.com
Famous Authors in Literature Bookmarks – FREE | Surviving Social Studies
Nathaniel Hawthorne FREE Notebooking Pages | Homeschool Helper Online
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s works
“The Birthmark” Free Copy of Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Selena Smith
FREE Lesson Plan for The Birthmark | Pixton
Scarlett Letter Lesson One Nathaniel Hawthorne | Jamie Price
FREE Scarlet Letter Symbolism & Theme Tracker | Clev’s Class
SCARLET LETTER Plot Chart Analyzer Diagram Arc (Hawthorne) – FREE Freytag’s Pyramid | Created for Learning
The Scarlet Letter: Part I (FREE Reader’s Theater Script-Story) | Zachary Hamby
FREE AudioBook: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Open Culture
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown Hardcopy | Electric English
FREE Quickwrite: Young Goodman Brown | Allara Gallagher
Nathaniel Hawthorne: Young Goodman Brown Questions | Electric English
The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Jill Craddock Read Rhyme Repeat
These free resources will help you teach and your students learn about literature and writers:
As your child tackles the road to literature at home, these two authors and their bodies of work remain some of the most prominent reading materials even today.
Grab these Free Resources for Studying Alcott and Hawthorne & Their Works to help your kids explore these amazing writers.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!