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by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "The Ambitious Guest" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Based on a true event - the Wiley tragedy of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire - this Hawthorne story follows a young traveler with big dreams, who stops by a family cottage in a snowy mountain pass.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Comedy & Tragedy and Death as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"How do people face death?" and "What can we learn from tragedy?"

Ways to support your child: