9th - 12th

Students listen and scan for information and identify purpose in Transcendentalist writing. In this self-management lesson, students identify main and supporting details. Students evaluate whether or not the author achieved his purpose as they read Transcendentalist writings such as "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Students create a personal mission statement and discuss their ideas of happiness. 

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What's Your Style?

Sixth graders complete a learning style assessment and evaluate the information gained to determine accuracy in terms of what they know about themselves as learners. They then identify and implement strategies related to their preferred learning styles in self-management, study skills, goal setting, and test taking.

Reading and Writing

First graders are read a book called "Stone Soup" by Ann McGovern. Using the text, they create word lists and are introduced to the concept of patterned text. They use the words in the word list to write descriptions and add them to a template. They use the templates to create a class book.

Just Checking

Students complete the "Just Checking" checklist to assess the degree of their use of a personal management system. They set goals and identify steps needed to accomplish their goals and improve their academic achievement.

The Legacy of Emerson and Thoreau

Eleventh graders are introduced to Transcendentalism through the writing of Emerson and Thoreau. They keep a journal in which they respond to quotes and prompts. Students write longer essays on conformity, being alone and a "field trip" to the woods. They research an individual or movement influenced by the work on Thoreau and the beliefs of Transcendentalsim.

Read and Infer: Emerson's "Self-Reliance"

The complete text of Ralph Waldo Emerson's manifesto "Self-Reliance" is accompanied by 9 excellent reflection questions. Encourage quadrant D-level thinking by challenging readers to infer, evaluate, and synthesize meaning from the text, and integrate it with the work of Henry David Thoreau. This is made for homeschoolers, but I'd use it in my classroom.

Six Trait Writing with Jonathan Swift and Washington Irving

Fourth graders demonstrate and evaluate the six traits of writing. They read and identify good writing and bad writing, utilize a rubric to self-evaluate their own writing, participate in a Reader's Theater, and publish a class book.

Skills 4 Success 

What does it take to get a job? You need specific skills like, critical thinking, reading, writing, team work, self-management, and problem solving. Each set of job related skills are defined along with examples. They are grouped by skill set types: interpersonal, systems, transferable, foundational, and thinking.

Emerson's Essays Quiz

In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 12 multiple choice questions about Emerson's EssaysStudents may submit their answers to be scored.

Eating Disorders and Adolescents: Conflict of Self Image

Students study the complexities of eating disorders and the underlying factors which may contribute to their onset and development. They explore the various aspects and manifestations of these eating disorders and identify and express their own conflicts of self image.

Narrative Writing

Binoculars are used as a metaphor for good descriptive writing. Class members first view a small picture and then an enlarged view of the same image in which the details come into focus. Next, learners examine a paragraph lacking sensory details and one rich in description. Finally, class members craft their own personal narratives. Prompts, story ideas, check lists, and assessments are included in this richly detailed plan.

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