Raplh Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Bundle

Raplh Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Bundle
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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau Bundle
Two Leading Transcendentalists!

Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Self-Reliance” – “The American Scholar” – “Nature”

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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 activity can be done with a partner or individually.

- Competition where teams try to see how well they know Emerson’s style by filling in missing words in an excerpt from “Nature.” They get 5 points for each correct answer. Nothing like a little competition to get students motivated to read!

- Writing a graduation speech as Emerson or a valedictorian using Emerson’s philosophy and his quotes. Assignment/rubric sheet included.

- Finding transcendentalism in pop culture by selecting a movie, book, or song where transcendentalism is present. Assignment sheet is included.

- Final test in 2 versions where the answers are scrambled. Students also annotate transcendental qualities in a poem by Emerson that they have not read already.

- Step-by-step instructions for each day.

Sample Test Questions:
_____ 5. What is the opposite of conformity according to Emerson?
A. ignorance B. self-reliance C. society D. determination

_____ 6. Which is NOT an idea expressed by Emerson in his writing?
A. If friends believe differently than you do, remain friends and tolerate differences.
B. Trust in your own integrity.
C. Explore goodness for yourself without depending on rules.
D. People only express themselves halfway. They are afraid to reveal themselves fully.

_____ 11. Which of these is NOT true of “Nature” by Emerson?
A. When it storms or rains, nature is showing her cruel side.
B. Wisdom is reflected in nature.
C. Nature is helpful in positive and negative times in a person’s life.
D. To truly appreciate nature, a person must look at it with the innocence of a child.

_____ 12. Which Emerson quote below does NOT deal with individuality?
A. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
B. “What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
C. “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”
D. “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.”

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau - "Walden" - "Civil Disobedience" - "Nature" and "Conscience" poems

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Henry David Thoreau

Included in this Unit:

*Close Reading Activity for excerpts from "Civil Disobedience" which requires students to select important quotes from the selection, ask questions, and summarize for understanding. Then, other students come behind them to engage in the previous students' work. This is a little something different to engage students.

*Pre-made exit ticket for "Civil Disobedience" activity.

*Walden excerpts with reading/thinking guide. Students will also write a 4 line poem to summarize each section.

*Fun activity with Thoreau quotes! You should definitely hear some laughter as students as they complete this activity in small groups.

*Nature writing poetry task with several options depending on the type of class you have.

*Final assessment with 10 multiple choice questions and a poem where students have to prove how they would know the poem was written by Thoreau without being told. This comes in 2 versions where the multiple choice answer choices are scrambled. It even inlcudes 2 different poems so that you have a choice as to which one you prefer, or you could give part of your class one and the rest the other poem to deter any cheating. Also, the editable PowerPoint is included in case you wish to make changes to the assessment.

*Step by step instructions for each day.

Sample Assessment Questions:
_____ 2. According to Thoreau, who/what should be governing people?
A. men’s conscience B. laws C. the majority’s opinion D. the president

_____ 4. Which of the following statements is NOT an idea present in “Civil Disobedience” excerpt?
A. People often complain but do nothing to really help existing problems in society.
B. If you don’t like where the government spends your money, refuse to pay into the treasury.
C. If unjust laws exist, change them.
D. If a man steals from another, he should be forced to pay back the debt times ten.

_____ 7. Which is NOT a conclusion that Thoreau comes to in the excerpt from Walden?
A. Men do not have to work that hard to provide for themselves.
B. Men are too busy and need to simplify their lives.
C. There are many virtuous, honest men in the world.
D. Go after your dreams.

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