Louisa May Alcott | Transcendentalism

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Readers may not immediately think of transcendentalism when they consider Little Women, but its tenets of self-reliance, civil disobedience, and progressivism were major influences on Louisa May Alcott and her body of work. Learn more with an informative and engaging video on the writer whose connection to transcendentalism inspired her to create the beloved story of the March sisters.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Connect a social studies lesson on transcendentalism with a language arts unit on authors influenced by the movement
Classroom Considerations

  • Includes an excerpt from the film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind "Little Women"

  • Includes discussion questions
  • Combines documentary and dramatization elements

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