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.