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 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher, Writer & Intellectual: Teaching Ralph Waldo Emerson offers students and teachers a first of its kind introduction to Emerson. This program presents essential information for an introduction to this famous American philosopher, writer and intellect. Each chapter features instructional insights by distinguished scholars. Discover information about Emerson's life and his significant essays which will enhance a better understanding to this pillar of nineteenth century American literature. Individual and class projects are outlined to help write, discuss and appreciate Emerson's essays. Transcendentalist scholar and English teacher, Richard H. Baker, introduces classroom strategies for teaching Emerson relevant for today's student environment. Baker suggests instructional classroom techniques that have earned him accolades at Noble and Greenough School. Baker draws upon relevant issues in each Essay to foster discussion, writing and interpreting the best known Transcendentalist in America, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Chapter Segments: Each Chapter is tailored appropriately for today's busy class schedule. To recognize the value of Emerson in a classroom setting, each of the Emerson chapters opens with specific, relevant and applicable interpretations for today's student, regardless of age. By demystifying the numerous challenges for understanding Emerson's essays, Professor Baker encourages individual responses to important issues, always aware of the difficulty in understanding Emerson on a first reading.
Student Benefits: Understand excerpts rather than an entire Essay as a guide to understanding Emerson. Learn about his life in Concord, other transcendentalists and his family. Demystify the challenges for understanding Emerson's Essays. Learn Emerson in self-contained chapters for immediate connection to Transcendentalism. Gain insight and knowledge to the transcendentalist's philosophy and ideals.