In Pursuit of Happiness

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What ideas and philosophies guided the Transcendentalist movement in America? Scholars explore the topic, reading texts by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Additionally, they write essays comparing the authors' structural choices. They also complete graphic organizers to analyze how works of art reflect Transcendentalist beliefs.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Give a brief background lecture about Transcendentalism 
  • Have pupils write a poem or paint a picture that depicts Transcendentalist values 
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