The Transcendentalists: Teaching Ralph Waldo Emerson offers students and teachers a first of it's kind introduction to Emerson. This program presents essential information for a first introduction to this famous American philosopher, writer and Intellect. Each chapter features instructional insights by distinguished scholars. Discover essential 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 seven 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.