Monday - Review Emerson's "Self-Reliance." What is an aphorism? The students will react to six important excerpts from the text and put them in order of importance. Discuss the different rankings of each student/group.
HW - Write down three quotes or aphorisms that you truly believe in. Print them out and write a paragraph for each. Why are they important to you? What about them do you believe in?
Tuesday - Review homework and discuss our personal aphorisms and life quotes as a class. If you had to write an essay, like Emerson's "Self-Reliance," what would you focus on? If you were to write an essay to another high school student, what would advice would you give? Conference with groups and share out as a class.
Thursday - Read two poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Answer reading questions and discuss the similarities/differences between the two poems. How do they relate to transcendentalism and what we have read thus far from Emerson and Whitman?
Friday - Begin Thoreau portion of unit. Gain background knowledge on Thoreau and discuss the impact Emerson had on him. Symbols in nature. Class discussion after questions.
HW - Read "Walden" over the weekend and answer close reading questions.
Monday - DO NOW - What part of "Beauty" did you connect most with? Explain. Review "Beauty" by Emerson by having students get into groups and share out their double-entry journals. Open discussion on the similarities and differences between "Nature" and "Beauty" by Emerson.
Tuesday - DO NOW on gender roles during time period. Intro to Margaret Fuller and "The Dial." In groups, read "The Announcement of the Dial" by Fuller and Emerson. Answer reading questions when done. Discuss. Exit slip: Why the name "The Dial"?
HW - Read "Self-Reliance" by Emerson with six double-entry journals.
Thursday - DO NOW on Self-Reliance. Discuss first impressions of the reading. Group paragraph analysis of the reading. From the students' double-entry journals, they will choose THE most important quote from the essay and explain why they came to that conclusion. Share out.
Friday - Vocabulary quiz!
Monday - Begin transcendentalism unit. Students will understand the concepts of the period and see how their lifestyles matches up with the tenants of transcendentalism.
HW - Paragraph response to the following prompt: "Where in nature do you go when you need to get perspective/relax?"
Tuesday - We will be going outside for class today. The students will be handed a worksheet that will make them think deeply about their relationship with nature. After answering their personal questions, they will get into groups and discuss their answers. After that, the students will create their own definition of transcendentalism and what it means to them at this early point in the unit.
HW - Read "Nature" by Emerson. Use double-entry journal to write down three reactions to the essay.
Thursday - Comparing group transcendentalism definitions to UShistory.org's definition. Review "Nature" by Emerson and answer questions that came up in the students' double-entry journals. Read an analyze "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman. Students will be asked to write down answers to questions on the poem in their journals. Discuss.
HW - Read "Beauty" by Emerson and write down five entries to double-entry journal.
Friday - Students will get into groups and break down "Beauty" using each student's double-entry journal. After analyzing the essay, the students will be given "Commodity" by Emerson and they will highlight the key concepts of the essay and present their findings to the class. Journal entry to end class.
HW - Read excerpt of "Self-Reliance" and answer questions.
Tuesday - Students will get into groups to review their Socratic Seminar questions and brainstorm ideas. Since this will be the students' first seminar and many missed class on Friday, we will once again review the format for it. The students will have the remainder of class to prepare for the seminar which will be on Thursday.
HW - Seminar on Thursday. Prepare!
Thursday - Socratic seminar.
Friday - Article of the week.
Monday - Today will we will review Act III by working on an activity that deals with the legal process of the Salem Witch Trials. Students will be given proof and confession scenarios that will make them think critically about what they will do and the implications of their decisions on others - just like in The Crucible. Share out scenarios to the class.
HW - Act IV questions due on Thursday. Read to page 140 for tomorrow's class. Vocab quiz on Thursday.
Tuesday - Finish reading The Crucible as a class. Journal entry on the ending of the book. Finish watching the movie. If there is time remaining, the students can work on their character charts, Act IV questions, or study for the vocab quiz on Thursday.
HW - Study for Thursday's vocab quiz. Act IV questions due on Thursday.
Thursday - Vocab quiz. Review Act IV questions. Final verdict activity. Share out answers and discuss as a class.
Friday - Introduce Socratic Seminar. Prezi on the process and procedures of the seminar. Students will be given questions for the Socratic Seminar, which must be completed before the seminar on next Thurday (10/13).