Honors 11: “Civil Disobedience”

We started off the day by sharing in small groups some aspects of our timeline of influence if we were comfortable. I then collected them for points, after asking you to consider why, in this unit, I would most want you to consider your influences and what makes you, you.

Next, we looked at these questions regarding your reading of Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience.” We discussed. This took the rest of the hour. We will need to continue after break with our conversation, so please glance back at the reading and the questions before we get back in January.

We were going to move into “Men Say They Know Many Things”, a poem by HDT. We will need to do so tomorrow using this poetry explication handout to identify specific lenses with which to annotate/understand the poem. You will work on all 3 Thoreau poems  in small groups tomorrow after discussing “Nature”.

Homework: Read and highlight (can lightly annotate) two chapters from “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson with an eye to transcendental ideas that you can identify.

Tomorrow, with the sub, after discussing transcendentalist threads observed in Emerson’s “Nature” in small groups, you will be looking at Thoreau’s “Men Say They Know Many Things”, “Conscience” and “My Life Has Been The Poem.” The directions are on the poems.

Don’t forget your wrapped gift for our “World’s Worst Gift Exchange” on Friday. Bring food! Here’s your reading for over break: Emerson’s “On The American Scholar.”

About Emily Mullins

English and Journalism teacher at Berkley High School in Berkley, MI.
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