Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau

Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism Escape Room - Emerson & Thoreau
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Tackle the sometimes dry and challenging texts of Transcendentalism with this engaging but rigorous escape room! This activity will challenge your students to analyze excerpts from Emerson's "Nature" and "Self-Reliance," as well as Thoreau's Walden.

This sequential escape room takes students through 4 challenges, which start simple and gradually progress to more cognitively complex tasks.

There are three different options:

  • Traditional (Pencil & Paper Escape Room: No technology needed)
  • Blended (Traditional + Technology: Google form with clues automates the breakout, but the tasks are hidden around the room like in the traditional escape room)
  • Fully Digital (The Google form is all students need. This is also a great option for absent students who are making up the escape room)

Complete materials and detailed instructions for ALL methods are included.

Please be aware that both the traditional and blended escape room require some prep (reading the instructions, printing the tasks, cutting matching cards, and hiding the tasks around the room). If you don’t have prep time, the fully digital option is your best option.

Summary of 4 Challenges:

1. Students will match the tenet of Transcendentalism to the best supporting piece of textual evidence.

2. Students will identify literary devices such as simile, allusion, paradox, and more.

3. Students will answer analysis questions about the effect/purpose of author's choices.

4. Students will analyze a challenging excerpt of Emerson's "Nature."

There is no specific reading required to complete this escape room, but its challenges are comprised of excerpts and examples from Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” and “Nature,” as well as Thoreau’s “Walden.” You may choose to do this as a challenging introduction to these texts (before reading) or as a review/assessment of these texts (after reading). If you don’t have time to dive into these texts but want to briefly cover Transcendentalism, this is a great way to expose students to Emerson and Thoreau in a limited time frame.

This 30-page PDF product contains absolutely EVERYTHING you need:

-Teacher Guide & FAQ

-Teacher To-Do List

-Ideas for Setting the Mood & Transforming Your Room

-Google Forms

-Paper Versions of Code Recording Sheet & Clues

-Instructions on Hiding the Tasks

-Explanation of Tasks

-Student Tasks

-Answer Keys

-Signs, Props, and Decorations

If you have any questions, please email me at! :)

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Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
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