48 pages 1 hour read

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nonfiction | Essay / Speech | Adult | Published in 1836

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How to use

This resource can be used as supplemental teacher material or as a primary basis for an entire unit on a literary work.

  • Draw students in with an enriched understanding of context before reading, provide warm-up prompts and in-class analysis opportunities involving free-writing or discussion, and assess their knowledge with thoughtful quizzes.
  • Ensure deeper understanding and true enjoyment of the literature with activities that engage all learning types.
  • Stretch students’ critical thinking and writing skills with strategic and probing essay topics that offer an entry point for every reading level.

Note to Teachers: To support lesson-planning, connections to the work’s primary themes are noted throughout this resource (nature, the promising individual, and corrupt society, the influence of poetry, man’s centrality in nature and the possibility of progress ).