Daily Lessons for Teaching Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 113 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
Buy the Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson Lesson Plans

Lesson 1 (from Nature | The American Scholar)


Nature | The American Scholar

Transcendentalism is a philosophy that emphasizes the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material. Emerson was a transcendentalist, which is apparent in all his works, including "Nature". The objective of this lesson is to learn about transcendentalism, which is described in "Nature".


1) Class Discussion: What is transcendentalism? How is it characterized? What is important in the philosophy of transcendentalism? How is the intuition important? How is the spiritual important?

2) Group Discussion: Who is Ralph Waldo Emerson? What does he think of transcendentalism? What indicates this? How does Emerson express his views of transcendentalism in "Nature"?

3) Individual Writing Assignment: Have the students write a paragraph or two addressing the following. Explain Emerson's separation of the world into four categories. How do these divisions align with the philosophy of transcendentalism?

For Homework: Read "An Address" and "The Transcendentalist" in "Selected Writings of...

(read more Daily Lessons)

This section contains 5,365 words
(approx. 18 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson Lesson Plans
Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson from BookRags. (c)2018 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook