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Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture

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Examining Transcendentalism through Popular Culture

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sharon Webster

Narragansett, Rhode Island


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 25

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803.

Students visit a quotation attributed to Emerson and identify the definition of success. Students then use the Postcard Creator to write a note to a person that they feel is successful.


Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 12

Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.

Students make mental "snapshots" of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.


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Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Multigenre, Multiple Intelligences, and Transcendentalism

Colleen A. Ruggieri offers a multigenre, mulltiple intelligences unit on transcendentalism complete with suggested texts and an assessment plan.


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