American Literary Classics - the Transcendentalists Transcendentalism brought to life by distinguished educators, actors & scenic historical places in and around Concord and Walden Pond, Massachusetts. The writings of the New England Transcendentalists represent the first flowering of an American literary renaissance. This series offers a detailed assessment of this influential 19th-century movement. The ideas and ideals of American Transcendentalists-Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau continue to shape the discourse of literature, philosophy, and religion worldwide. This series, hosted by James H. Bride II traces the origins and defines the concept of Transcendentalism.
Teaching Henry David Thoreau, Botanist, Environmentalist & Journalist Teaching Henry David Thoreau offers students and teachers a first of its kind introduction to Thoreau. This program presents convenient and essential information for an introduction to this famous 19th century American philosopher, writer and intellect. Each chapter features instructional insights by distinguished scholars. Each educator develops information about Thoreau's life and his significant ideas to create a better understanding and appreciation for this nineteenth century American writer. Individual and class projects are outlined to help discus and then write about relevant ideas.Transcendentalist scholar and English teacher, Richard H. Baker, introduces classroom strategies for teaching Thoreau relevant for today's student environment. Employing instructional classroom techniques that have earned him accolades at Noble and Greenough School, Baker draws upon relevant issues in each Chapter to foster discussion, writing and interpretation of Henry David Thoreau who secluded himself from 1845 to 1847 at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.
Chapter Segments Each Chapter is tailored appropriately for today's busy class schedule. To recognize the value of Thoreau in a classroom setting, each of the Thoreau Chapters opens with specific, relevant and applicable interpretations for today's student, regardless of age. By demystifying the numerous challenges for understanding Thoreau's essays, Professor Baker encourages individual responses to important issues, always aware of the difficulty in understanding Thoreau on a first reading.
Student Benefits Learn excerpts from Thoreau's writings as a guide to understanding Thoreau. Re-Live Thoreau's life in his cabin and walk around Walden Pond. Demystify the challenges for understanding Thoreau's journals. Understand Thoreau in self-contained chapters to make an appropriate connection to nature, the environment and Thoreau's world. Program translates Thoreau's philosophy into basic and understandable terminology and ideas