Juniors: Transcendental Themes in The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

This week, the Juniors in Room G17 will continue their study of Transcendentalism. We will begin the week by discussing last week’s article of the week, making connections between the time period of the Transcendentalists and our own. We will continue throughout the week by making progress in our play as we read aloud and pause to consider how the major themes of the movement are evident in the text. We’ll consider through class discussion the concept of self-reliance and the real world implications of such a philosophy.

This week at home, students should continue to read regularly from their choice book in order to meet their readers workshop goal. They should also complete the annotation and personal response to this week’s article of the week.

Parents, how can you help?

  • Ask your child to explain Emerson’s understanding of the trait self-reliance. How might this trait manifest itself in your child’s life?
  • Check Powerschool to ensure that the first article of the week was submitted by your child. I do not accept late articles of the week, and I will be sure to indicate on Powerschool on Monday which students did not complete the assignment.