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Dead Poet's Society and Transcendentalism
This is a film guide to use as a culmination of study on the American Transcendentalists. Students need to have studied "Self-Reliance" and "Nature" by Emerson and "Civil Disobedience" by Thoreau (or excerpts of these pieces from a textbook) and preferably bits of Walden to complete the tasks requir
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Transcendentalism, Connect Thoreau & Emerson to Modern Pop Culture, CCSS
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were promoting the ideals of Transcendentalism way back in the mid-1800s and, yet, those same ideas still surround us today in our media and popular culture. When you pause and closely examine the music in your earbuds, the movies in your DVR, and the best
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Lessons in Nature from Ralph Waldo Emerson – Discussion Materials
Make the words of Transcendental philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson come alive for your students with breath-taking photography in this two-day class discussion activity with optional independent writing activity. This packet includes 12 visually arresting images from nature coupled with qu
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Transcendentalism Unit: Teach the Transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau
Teaching Transcendentalism in a way that can actually change students' lives is a powerful concept. This Transcendentalism Unit Plan assesses students' Transcendental levels before the unit, gives text-based challenges throughout the unit, and assesses their levels again after the unit to measure th
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Transcendentalism, Use Duck Dynasty as a Link to the Texts of Emerson & Thoreau
Pull your students into the Transcendental texts of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau by showing them the surprising similarities between those two writers and the cast members of the hit cable-T.V. show Duck Dynasty. The Robertson men love nature, hate the restrictions of society, and de
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Emerson: Nature and Self-Reliance Mini-Unit! *Instagram Activity Included!*
#Transcendentalism #AmericanRenaissance #RalphWaldoEmerson #Nature #Self-Reliance It's ok if you don't understand- because "to be GREAT is to be MISUNDERSTOOD!" In this mini-unit, Ralph Waldo Emerson's two works ("Nature" and "Self-Reliance") are examined and updated to fit your student's needs! Fr
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Emerson's Self Reliance: Discussion Questions and Poster Project
There is a “true” reality that transcends, or goes beyond, the physical world. People will find truth within themselves, not through logic, religion or the senses. Nature is a doorway to the spiritual world... classic Transcendental theories. Included in this 7 page document are excerpts from Ralp
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Transcendentalism PowerPoint and Emerson's Self-Reliance Project
There is a “true” reality that transcends, or goes beyond, the physical world. People will find truth within themselves, not through logic, religion or the senses. Nature is a doorway to the spiritual world... classic Transcendental theories. Included in this quick PowerPoint presentation are the
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Nature - Close Read - Emerson - Transcendentalism, High School
Help students to narrow their focus when reading Emerson's "Nature." This close reading assignment will get students thinking deeply and returning to the text, improving their skills and understanding in the process! __________________________________________________________________________________
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Emerson & Thoreau Comprehension Questions
An eye-catching student handout with 8 open-ended questions for Emerson's "Nature" and "Self-Reliance" and 8 open-ended questions for Thoreau's "Walden" and "Civil Disobedience." Includes teacher answer key! *Check out other American literature resources and many 6th-12th grade novel selections in
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Author Study Worksheet, Easy Biography Activity, CCSS
Skip the typical Ralph Waldo Emerson introduction lecture as you launch a study of Nature, Self-Reliance, or any of his other works and, instead, empower students to find their own interesting facts about this author’s life with this “Author Bio” print-and-go activity. This single-page worksheet is
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Transcendentalism: Introduction to Emerson and Thoreau, 9 Principles
Students are introduced to the major themes of Transcendentalism. Also included are a fun assignment concerning the themes, questions on an excerpt from Emerson's "Nature," biographical info on Thoreau, a brief overview of "Civil Disobedience," three video clips to watch from a recent movie that use
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Emerson's "Nature" Reading Guide
Transcendentalism can be particularly difficult for students' to understand, specifically the transcendental connection to nature. Use this reading guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature" to help students understand that there is more to nature than the obvious. Guide has comprehension questions,
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Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, and Thoreau
Short-answer and multiple-choice questions (12 pages) for Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Minister's Black Veil), Herman Melville (Moby Dick), Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature, Self-Reliance, Concord Hymn), and Henry David Thoreau (Walden, Civil Disobedience). These are materials are also available as part of t
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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Nature” Handout
An analysis of the structure and major themes of Emerson’s short book, Nature, the first work which contained the major tenets of American Transcendentalism. Those discussed include Emerson’s concepts of the “Not Me,” the soul, definition of nature, spiritual reality, living close to nature, his pr
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"Self-Reliance" and "The American Scholar" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Self-Reliance” and “The American Scholar” Excerpts by Ralph Waldo Emerson Included in this unit: ► 17 Task cards for excerpts from “Self-Reliance” and “The American Scholar” with student answer sheet and answer key. Questions require close reading, analysis, and personal connection. This activit
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AP English Essay Prompt: Textual Analysis of Nature and Walden
This essay prompt gives students the opportunity to develop their close reading, literary analysis and writing skills. It identifies a specific quote from Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson and requires textual analysis of that essay and of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. The prompt was designed to be use
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Transcendentalism: Collaborative Learning with Emerson's Essays
Students collaboratively learn and teach each other as they use guided questions to analyze Emerson's essays "Nature" and "Self-reliance." This lesson also includes scaffolded writing instruction focusing on using quotes as evidence with follow up explanation. Product includes instructions, PPT with
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Transcedentalism in Emerson's "Self-Reliance" and "Nature"
Students identify examples of transcendentalism in Emerson's work, providing quotations and explanation for each category.
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Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Designed for a unit about Transcendentalism. This document contains the text of the essay and engaging questions meant to facilitate critical reading.
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Emerson's Nature
This lesson focuses on an excerpt from Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature". Students first watch a biographical youtube video and answer fill-in-the blank statements. They then write a personal motto similar to Emerson's life motto. A short excerpt from "Nature" is included, followed by reading compre
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Emerson's Nature and Self-Reliance Worksheet (or Test) and Detailed Answer Key
This worksheet is a "natural" choice for those instructors who focus on the Romantic Period. A wide range of engaging and thought-provoking questions on this ditto will provide students with the opportunity to use their critical-thinking skills to dissect the essence of Emerson's famous works: Natu
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Magic Portrait Video & PowerPoint for Author Study
This amazing download includes a video and PowerPoint of Ralph Waldo Emerson to use in your author study lesson plan! The video features a portrait of Emerson that blinks, smiles, yawns, and looks around your room! This is always a great surprise for students and will definitely capture their atte
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Emerson Transcendentalism Graphic Organizer
This is a simple graphic organizer for students to track the characteristics of Transcendentalism/Romanticism in Ralph Waldo Emerson's essays "Nature" and "Self-Reliance" in addition to making the modern application of those characteristics to comic strips, like Calvin and Hobbes. In my class, I si
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