Juniors: Contextualizing Transcendentalisn

This week, students will prepare for their unit on Transcendentalism by researching the historical context of this philosophical and literary movement. After reading the preface to our first in class text, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, students will learn about a specific population and the challenges they encountered in the United States between 1800-1850s. We will review the research process before engaging in both group and independent online research. Students will use Google Docs to take notes before preparing a piece of writing that illustrates their new learning.

We will also continue to build on readers workshop this week. Students will set goals on Monday and are expected to read each night in order to meet their weekly goal. On Friday, students will have class time to read as we engage in our first round of conferences.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Ask your child to explain readers workshop policies and procedures to you. Learn about goal setting and grading to ensure that both you and your child are informed this school year.
  • Talk to your child about their population for research. What did they learn?