A Moveable Feast: 11th American Literature/Composition

11th American Literature/Composition Winter 2008

Transcendentalism Project: October 14-15, 2008 October 14, 2008

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Responding to Thoreau: Thursday, October 9, 2008 October 10, 2008

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Consider the excerpts we have read from Thoreau:  Civil Disobedience and Walden.  Consider the ideas that Thoreau has set forth in these works and the list of themes/ideas you received in your class notes on Thoreau.

Which of Thoreau’s ideas do you agree with (look at the list)?  Why?  Which of Thoreau’s ideas/themes do you disagree with?  Why?

Share your ideas in TWO paragraphs of 6-10 sentences.  Compose one idea on the ideas you agree with, and compose one paragraph on the ideas you disagree with.  Provide examples from the texts and/or modern day events/examples to help support your ideas.

 

Responding to Excerpts of Walden: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 October 9, 2008

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Thoreau withdrew from society for two years to find himself and seek the meaning of life at Walden Pond.  If you could get away from society and retreat from nature to reflect and contemplate life, where would you go and why?  What do you think you might gain from a period of solitude away from modern society?

Share your ideas in a paragraph of 8-10 complete sentences.

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2008: Responding to “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Thoreau March 26, 2008

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Thoreau withdrew from society for two years to find himself and seek the meaning of life at Walden Pond.  If you could get away from society and retreat from nature to reflect and contemplate life, where would you go and why?  What do you think you might gain from a period of solitude away from modern society?

Share your ideas in a paragraph of 8-10 complete sentences.

 

Thoreau/Walden Project, October 3, 2007 October 3, 2007

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Now that we have read excerpts of Walden Pond by Henry David Thoreau, it is time to think about how the principles of Walden.  Look at the following themes:

  • Materialism and greed
  • Humankind and unity with nature/power of nature/value of nature
  • Individuality /non-conformity
  • Simplicity
  • Self-reliance
  • The illusion of progress
  • The value of change

For each theme, you need to do the following:

1.  Decide if you agree or disagree with Thoreau’s stance on this theme as expressed in Walden.
2.  Identify the theme in your learning artifact.
3.  Find an image or images that support your stance on the theme.
4.  Copy the lines from the textbook from Walden  that correspond with this theme; put the text in quotation marks and include the page number in parentheses at the end of the line.

You may use any of the following mediums or a combination of the following mediums to create your project:

  • Old fashioned construction paper, markers, glue, cut-outs of photos from magazines (see me).
  • PowerPoint
  • Your Wiki (post your work on your Wiki); you may include Slide created photo galleries if you choose for each theme.
  • PhotoStory (if you know how to use this software)

Poems and lines from songs (in limited quantities) may also be interspersed with your project as long as they relate to a particular theme from the list above.

This project is due at the end of the evening on Thursday, October 4.  You may work alone or with one other partner.  Your work will be evaluated for creativity, completeness, adherence to directions, and effort.

See me if you need help finding images; we have magazines you may use here if you are doing choice 1.  Also, be sure to refer back to your textbook for the quotes and excerpts of text.