Defining America

After examining the landscape of contemporary America from the perspectives of American authors past/present in our American Voices unit, we will dive into some of the philosophies and literary structures of early American literature. We will examine American Romanticism through a study of its European counterpart (for structure and influential philosophies like the Enlightenment and literature that advocates for social change) alongside prevailing philosophies of Transcendentalism and Anti-Transcendentalism. We will cap off the unit with a focused study of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and the production of a definition essay about a concept associated with or part of America.


The Scarlet Letter Activities (go here for 12/10's questions)

From Nature (Emerson)

From Walden (Thoreau)

From On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Thoreau)

"The Custom House" (Hawthorne) --in case your version of The Scarlet Letter omits it!

Definition Essay Assignment Sheet

Definition Essay Guide

Definition Essay Example: Winning (Replace Sources Cited with Works Cited, alphabetize entries, and this WC is correct)

American Romanticism Exam Information