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"?
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.