Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Introduction To Transcendentalism - Section 5: Introduction To "Self-Reliance"


My plan for the day was to begin the process of identifying the central ideas in Emerson’s essay so that students could later analyze the development of these ideas. However, this first step proved much more difficult than expected. It seemed to be one of those times when students stared at the paper and simply had no idea how to begin to unwrap it. My students are quite good at selecting powerful language as this student's paper indicates. Making sense of it is a different story. I am going to have to take a few steps back and give them a way of accessing the central ideas before they can analyze the development of these.

  Adjustments to Practice: Students Felt Lost In the Text
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Introduction To Transcendentalism

Unit 13: Transcendentalism
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT gain knowledge of Transcendentalism and apply new knowledge by reading a seminal text of the period.

Big Idea: Exposing students to the set of ideas of a literary movement helps them make sense of a text from that period.

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