This unit on Emerson, Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller is so important and relevant to modern life in America. So in small groups you will work on a public service campaign. You can create infographics, brochures, advertisement campaigns, etc. Less is more, so plan and explain what you aim to do when I come around and visit the groups. Now, let’s have you unleash your imagination! We are covering so much literature in a short period of time, and we will model in class how you can do the AP Exam essay skill of relating a part to a whole pattern. Then in your small groups, do the same and have your small moment touch upon a larger idea. To help you with the larger ideas of early American intellectual history, transcendentalism, and American Romanticism, here are some essential questions that you can use as a goal when connecting an important passage from these authors to a larger idea.
- How do you want to construct your own life? Why?
- What are universal themes that concern both nature and humans?
- What impacts does nature have on humans?
- What does it mean to be awake to the present moment?
- How can a sense of place inform and, perhaps, enrich our day-to-day lives?
- What is the value of being a life-long reader and learner?
Leverage all of the great free material at https://www.canva.com/ Also utilize https://www.lucidchart.com/ as I had several students make excellent infographics on that site last year. Be sure to sign up for free accounts. Do not spend money. Thoreau would want us to be thrifty with this project! If you have another software to leverage for this project, please share in the comment thread below. Likewise, feel free to use old fashion technology, such as word or pages or even hand drawn sketches. Check out visual thinking: http://xplaner.com/visual-thinking-school/ Enjoy!