Juniors: Beginning Our Study of Transcendentalism

After a week of studying the historical context of this American philosophical movement, we will begin studying the philosophy itself through our reading of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. Together, we will read the play aloud, pausing to consider characterization and theme. We will also read excerpts of “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson in small, guided reading groups.

Students will also be introduced to the weekly article of the week assignment. Each week, students will receives a news article or editorial on Monday. Throughout the week, they will read and annotate and/or compose a personal response to the article. These will be due every Friday. Because this week is a short week for students, the assignment will be due on Thursday. A link to the article can be found each week on the daily lesson plans.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Ask your child about this week’s article of the week. We try to choose engaging topics that spark curiosity and debate. Learn about this week’s topic and learn about your child’s insights.
  • Maintaining regular reading habits is critical for your child’s success in high school Language Arts. Consider if your child has the quiet space and time to accomplish this important work at home. Help your child to problem solve if space or time become burdens to readers workshop success.