Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pantheist, romanticist, transciendentalist. Introduce young philosophers to the ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson with a video that details his life, his ideas, and his essays.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to introduce viewers to Emerson, his essays, and the transcendental movement
  • After a reading of Emerson's essay on gifts, have individuals design a gift for a family member or friend
  • Include a reading of his essay "The Over-Soul" to explore in greater depth Emerson's concept of religion
Classroom Considerations

  • Given the high level of discourse, the video is most appropriate for honors, AP, or college level courses
  • Show the video in full-screen mode to avoid the comment section
Pros

  • Images help clarify key ideas in essays such as "Self-reliance" and "Nature"
Cons

  • None