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?"
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.