Thursday, November 6, 2014

Reading Period 11: Nov 5-11: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Long Read:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Chapters 1-8

Short Read:

"Self Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Emerson bio and "Emerson Selections and Commentary" AIAL 212-228.


AIAL 229-231

"The Rhodora" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Brahma"  by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Concord Hymn"  by Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Pork and Beans" by Weezer.
"I Am What I Am" by The Jonas Brothers.
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield

Google Fu: 

Create an Emerson meme! You can either put an Emerson quote over a picture of something else, or you can Google a picture of Emerson and put words over it. You could use Emerson's picture to make a "Hey girl" meme, for example or use a current meme image like Grumpy Cat to illustrate an Emerson quote. Maybe you'll find it useful to Google to find the meme makers available online.

Twitter Scholar:

Search for the phrase "Be yourself!" on Twitter. If you put quotation marks around a phrase you can search for that exact phrase, not just the individual words. Read through the Tweets and respond to one of them, letting the person know that Emerson would be proud of his/her sentiments.


Read the historical selection, "The Flowering of New England," in your textbook (pages 199-211). Take notes on it in your notebook, in outline form, using the headers from the text as Roman numerals. What will your capital letter subdivisions be, for each section?


You all have notes on your outline drafts. This week, continue reading and researching, and develop your outline one step further, incorporating my suggestions and maybe expanding your outline to the next level of subdivisions. An example of an outline in three different versions of the correct form is here. This is another good how-to.


The quiz this week is taken from the textbook, the questions refer to the historical selection, "The Flowering of New England."

1. Give two examples of the "spectacular" growth that characterized the thirty years preceding the Civil War.
2. What development was chiefly responsible for feelings of optimism about the future?
3. What two technological developments helped to bridge vast distances of the expanding nation?
4. In what way were workers adversely affected by the new technology?
5. What three areas of reform were prominent in this period?
6. Why is this literary period sometimes called the American Renaissance?
7. In what way is intuition central to transcendental belief?
8. Who were the two writers chiefly responsible for developing transcendental ideas?
9. Why were Lowell, Longfellow, and Holmes known as "Brahmins"?
10. In what way were Hawthorne and Melville anti-transcendentalists?

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