This is a unit I've used with my 11th grade American Literature class to teach the novel Stargirl and to connect it to the ideas of transcendentalism. The novel is an easy read and the students usually love to discuss the ideas of nonconformity and individuality that it explores. It is a great gateway to explore the more difficult texts written by Emerson and Thoreau. This guide includes everything you need to teach this novel and the essays to the class:
-Study guide questions
-Activities on point of view, characterization, poetry connections
-Activities to connect to essays by transcendentalist authors
-A final essay assignment that I use as an assessment/ test grade.
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