In this one day activity, students should have already completed a first read of Self Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. This assignment is based on an excerpt of the essay contained in most American Literature books, but more specifically in the text Pearson Common Core Literature; The American Experience. Students will reread each paragraph of the five paragraph excerpt of Self-Reliance from the text and think about how they would translate Emerson's thoughts about individualism to a peer. They will then rewrite those thoughts on their sheets. Teachers may have students complete this activity individually and end with a class discussion. Also, teachers may assign the students to groups and complete a jigsaw or literature circle type activity. The possibilities are many.