This is summative assessment for a unit on Transcendentalism. In this assignment, students are asked to personally respond to either Emerson's "Self-Reliance" or Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience." They are asked to write either author a letter explaining whether or not they agree with the author's opinions about the individual, the government, or personal agency.
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