Definition/ Synonym Sentences
different ; varying; Two birds diverged, going
The divergent road was
confusing for the travelers.
The divergent career choices
had nothing in c
Transcendentalism, which was an important part of the American Literary Renaissance,
combined elements of philosophy, religion, and literature. Some key aspects are as
Transcendentalism stressed the positive, hopeful side of human nature and the
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Lived in Concord, Massachusetts and was good friends with
Built his cabin on Emersons land near Walden Pond, where he lived for two years
as a personal/social experiment
Condensed his two years of living on Walden P
Self-Reliance The individual. You as a person can make the difference.
There comes a time when man has to realize a few things.
First, dont be jealous of others.
Second, be yourself, imitation is suicide. Dont try to be someone
The time period we are about to begin was called the American Renaissance.
Renaissance = Rebirth or renewal, a change a new direction.
During this time All started to flourish
Beliefs of Transcendentalism (Beliefs
Below are actual questions and sample student responses taken from
the HSPA practice we did in class. Response #1 (for both questions) falls
short in some way. Read all of the responses and see if you can figure
out why #2 is a stronger response than #1.
Notes from Waldens Maxims.
1. The less one has, the less stress or responsibilities one has
2. Thoreau can appreciate the beauty of the farm without owning it. One does not have to
own things to appreciate them.
3. Commitments tie one down.
4. Because we
Prohibition Era Womens Temperance Movement
This was a time when alcohol was illegal
Alcohol was thought to corrupt men.
Because of this, gangsters and violence erupted
Moonshine was sold (secretly brewed alcohol)
Bootlegging- illegal trans
Lived in the 1800s
Knew Thoreau & Emerson
He did not agree with Thoreau & Emersons theory, or philosophies. He didnt
think that all people were good.
He believed in the Yin and the Yang. People had the potential for good and bad.
Read the essay titled, Gatsby, the greatest American Dreamer by Jim
Beckerman and answer the following questions:
1. According to Beckerman (in paragraph 2), what is so special about The
2. Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, ma