Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Self-Reliance”

This Ralph Waldo Emerson and “Self-Reliance” lesson plan also includes:

 "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." After reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s "Self-Reliance" groups discuss and then individuals reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of being self-reliant. Included in the packet is a worksheet that helps groups identify the main ideas in each paragraph.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • The worksheet focuses attention on the ideas in each paragraph of the essay
Cons

  • Emerson's essay is not included in the resource; however, it is easily accessed on the Internet
  • The lesson assumes that class members recognize and understand key elements of transcendental philosophy
  • Additional scaffolding would be required from individuals to make the connection between using the worksheet to identify the main ideas in each paragraph and understanding the ideas in each paragraph