One of my favorite Tampa SAT prep students is in the Tampa IB program. His summer reading assignment is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlett Letter. I know that I am probably one of the few students who liked the book when I read it in high school. I liked it even more when I re-read it this summer.
I guess that’s why I tutor English.
This student and I had discussed using the book to build SAT vocabulary. He showed me exactly how he is accomplishing that goal. Those cool cats at Kaplan have done something pretty smooth with The Scarlett Letter.
Kaplan has created a version that has all of the SAT words defined on the facing pages. Not only does this help students get the maximum SAT prep value from reading a book that many IB students have to read anyway, but it makes the book easier to enjoy and helps students learn vocabulary in context.
For all of you summer IB reading procrastinators — and you know who you are — go out and get a copy of Kaplan’s version of Hawthorne’s classic. SAT Version of The Scarlett Letter by Kaplan on Amazon. Used ones for a little over $4 so you can spring for the expedited shipping.
Get started today on your summer reading for IB English and get in some good vocabulary building for the sentence completion exercises on the SAT! If you need help with summer reading or want to use part of your summer to prepare for the SAT, call 813.787.8959 to reach Eric Anderson, Tampa SAT Prep Tutor.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 7/9/2009 6:47 PM