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Henry at the Woods: Teaching Thoreau to 21st-Century High Schoolers

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Author: Nancy Manning | © Nancy Manning 2016

I. Unit One

Essential Question: How do individuals shape society?

1. Summer Reading Lists:
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  • Fahrenheit 451, Into the Wild, and free choice by an Amer. author (H)
  • Into the Wild and free choice by an American author (CP)
  • Into the Wild article (C)
2. Transcendentalists:
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  • RWE and HDT (bios, SIN and non-fiction terms—see attached) (H/CP/C)
  • Emerson excerpts from **“Nature” and “Self-Reliance”
  • Thoreau excerpts from **Walden and “Civil Disobedience”
3. VISIT BY THOREAU (Richard Smith) (see attached questions)
4. Anti-Transcendentalists:
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  • Hawthorne, Poe, and Bierce (fiction terms) (H/CP/C)
  • “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”
5. Grammar—POS, capitalization, sentences, punctuation, run-ons, fragments (H/CP/C)
6. Vocabulary—Units 1-3 (H/CP/C)
7. Unit Assessment—Transcendentalism Project (see attached) (H/CP/C)
8. Unit Project—PowerPoint presentation on The Short Story ((H/CP/C)

II. Unit Two

Essential Question: How do individuals shape society?

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  • Frederick Douglass’s Narrative excerpt: “My Bondage, My Freedom” (learning to read) (H/CP/C)
  • Ben Franklin’s Autobiography excerpt (Moral Perfection) (H/CP/C)
  • Mark Twain—Huck Finn (H, CP) excerpts (C)
  • Whirligig (C)
  • Grammar—usage, s/v agr (H/CP/C)
  • Vocabulary—4-7 (H/CP/C)
  • Unit Assessment—Essay on how society is affected by choices (see attached) (H/CP/C)

Midterm Exam

III. Unit Three

Essential question: How does society shape the individual?

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  • Poetry by Emerson, Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman (poetry terms) (H/CP/C)
  • Dead Poets Society (H/CP/C)
  • Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Grammar—verb tenses (H/CP/C)
  • Vocabulary—Units 8-10 (H/CP/C)
  • Unit Assessment—Poetry Essay (H/CP/C)
  • Unit Project—PowerPoint presentation on Poetry (H/CP/C)

IV. Unit Four

Essential Question—How does society shape the individual?

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  • Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (CP/C)
  • Arthur Miller’s Crucible (H)
  • Grammar—objects, phrases and clauses, and pronouns (H/CP/C)
  • Vocabulary—Units 11-14 (H/CP/C)
  • Unit Assessment—Essay on the Final Exam about how society shapes individuals (see attached) (H/CP/C)

FINAL EXAM

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