Thoreau: “Our life is frittered away by detail” or “I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.”

Students will read selections from Thoreau’s Walden: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” (196), “Solitude” (197), “Conclusion” (203).  Students should read and collect 5 quotes to add to their split-quote assignment.  Students will use split-quotes on their quiz on Thursday 10/30 & to write a larger essay once we’ve finished reading the work of these Romantic-Transcendentalists.

On Tuesday, 10/28, students will read the excerpt in our text from Resistance to Civil Government  often referred to as Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience” essay (211). Students should read the selection & collect 5 quotes to add to their split-quotes.

Both pieces will be discussed on Wednesday, 10/29 prior to their quiz on Thursday 10/30.


Emerson: “Nature never wears a mean appearance” or “I become a transparent eyeball.”

Borger read excerpts from Emerson’s essay Nature on pages 182-183 in their texts.  They started taking split-quotes over his works, copying down teacher generated quotes first then selecting quotes on their own as they finished the piece.  Students had roughly 8 quotes complete at the end of the selection and everyone wanted to run outside into the sunshine and experience joy Nature instills in all of us!!!

They will read excerpts from Self-Reliance tomorrow, Wednesday 10/22, and add to their split quotes.  Some of you may remember Shaun Roger’s reading of Emerson’s work at last year’s talent show; “Every heart vibrates to that iron string!” Recitations like his will be a mandatory portion of your final exam (delivered to Borger by the end of the semester & to the class for extra credit, if you so choose).

Thursday students will be engaged in ThinkLink testing in the library.  After the three-day weekend, we will embark upon Thoreau’s work.

Mini-PowerPoint Presentations

We are going to be doing mini-PowerPoint Presentations on the American Romantics, Transcendentalists, and Dark Romantics (pages 138-149 in your text).  Each pair of students will be given a small section to cover and each pair will present their information to the class on Thursday / Friday this week (50 points research & presentation + 50 points lab work participation points). NOTE: The F: drive is fixed.  Save the file to your F: drive AND save to the H: drive (H:, lborger, Lit-Lang 3 folder). You only have 15 minutes finish & save today (Thurs. 10/16).  Presentations will begin today!

Students will begin by viewing the very important presentation: DEATH BY POWERPOINT.  View the entire slide show as a pair (pay attention as there might be a quiz over this stuff).

Then, as a pair, decide on which teeny-tiny section of the American Romantics you want to cover in class with your PowerPoint of Awesome! Come up with 2-3 choices between pages 138-149 (and beyond) to present to Borger.  She will mark down “who is doing what,” like the Wizard of Oz that she is.


To honor recent eclipses – the Homecoming-eclipse at school & the Blood Moon eclipse in space – we are going to listen to a story called “The Distance of the Moon.

Read the story here.

Students will be instructed to engage in creative note-taking as they listen. These notes will be due at the end of the hour for 25 points.

Moral Perfection?

Today, you are going to write a short essay comparing the writings of Jonathan Edwards and Ben Franklin.

Start with an introduction giving some background information on the Puritans & the Rationalists.  This should be short and can come directly from your notes.  End your intro with a sentence that previews the two selections (include titles & authors). Continue reading