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Ch 5: Transcendentalism in Literature Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Transcendentalism in Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the works of Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and famous authors. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Transcendentalism in Literature chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature Writers of the 19th century literary movement
Tuesday Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Poetry: Self-Reliance An analysis of the essay that explored non-conformity and individualism
Wednesday Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis;
Henry David Thoreau's 'Civil Disobedience': Summary and Analysis
Thoreau's reasons for writing Walden;
Thoreau's views on civil disobedience and slavery
Thursday Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis A look at the writer and an exploration of her poetry
Friday Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet The poems, letters and essays of Whitman

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Transcendentalism in Literature Lesson Plans
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Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

1. Transcendentalism: Impact on American Literature

This video defines Transcendentalism, a literary movement of the mid-19th century. Authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman used their literary platforms to encourage Americans to transcend society's presumptions and create a personal, progressive relationship with spirituality and nature.

Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

2. Self-Reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendental Essay

This video analyzes Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay 'Self-Reliance' for characteristics of transcendental ideas, including individualism, nonconformity, and intuition.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

3. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

4. Henry David Thoreau's Walden: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau was one of the most influential transcendental American writers and Walden was one of the movement's most important works. Let's explore why.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

5. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

6. Walt Whitman: Transcendental and Realist Poet

Walt Whitman is now considered one of the greatest American poets of all time, but his work was not so well-loved when it first debuted. Find out what made the man and his poems so controversial.

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