Reading Comprehension Worksheet

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Three annotated passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on "Nature" provide young philosophers a chance to improve their reading comprehension skills as they gain insight into Emerson's ideas.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the first passage to model how to approach Emerson's essay, the second as a guided group activity, and the final one as individual practice
  • Follow up with a whole-class discussion about the aspects of Emerson's essay that reflect transcendental principles

  • The various exercises on each worksheet encourage a close reading of the passage

  • None of the exercises encourage readers to practice critical thinking or analytical skills