Monday - DO NOW: Favorite quote from Walden? Look through examples of transcendental thought worksheet and explain the importance of the quote. Reading partner questions from the reading. Begin reading Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience." Finish reading for homework.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Partner questions for "Civil Disobedience." Discuss as an entire class. Social change activity. What would Thoreau think of today's society and our style of government? What changes would he make? Dead Poets Society to end class.
Thursday - DO NOW: What are your essentials of life? Name the five items that you cannot live without and explain why these five are absolutely essential. Go over our daily schedules and identify what is needed and what is a waste of time/experience. Quote translation activity for Thoreau. Begin reading our last piece for this unit, "Pond Scum." Homework is to finish reading "Pond Scum" and write a FRJ on it.
Friday - Review FRJs on "Pond Scum." Begin Minimalism. Announce schedule for next week and the upcoming portfolios.
Monday - 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"?
Tuesday/Wednesday - What is an aphorism? The students will react to five important excerpts from the text and analyze each. 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? 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/Wednesday - Half-day schedule. Review five tenants of transcendentalism. How to to be a transcendentalist in today's world. Come up with a transcendentalist activity and then find its contemporary counterpart. Begin watching The Dead Poets Society.
Thursday - Another half-day schedule. Vocabulary quiz.
Friday - We will read one Emily Dickinson poem and answer questions. Continue with movie and our viewing packets.
Monday - Begin transcendentalism unit with a clip from the famous Disney movie, Pocahontas. Students will understand the concepts of the period and see how their lifestyles matches up with the tenants of transcendentalism through a Prezi presentation. Re-watch movie clip and look for the major tenants within. Anticipation guide questions in journals.
HW - Paragraph response to the following prompt: "Where in nature do you go when you need to get perspective/relax?"
Tuesday/Wednesday - We will be going outside for class today, weather permitting. 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. Explain and handout homework assignment.
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. FRJ entry to end class.
HW - Read excerpt of "Self-Reliance" and answer questions.
Tuesday/Wednesday - Review seminar procedures, pass out any more materials, assign out groups, Remainder of the time will be left for preparing for the seminar/writing rough draft for accompanying paper.
Thursday - SOCRATIC SEMINAR.
Friday - Pass out next SAT vocabulary packet, which will be due in two weeks. Article of the week on a current events issue.