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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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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