This course will guide you through the whole essay-writing process from analysis of the question through to writing an effective conclusion. It will teach you how to advance your argument effectively by employing certain linguistic techniques, how to plan efficiently, and how to use paragraphs to structure your essay successfully. By following the tactics and techniques taught in this course, you will be able to write a coherent and convincing essay. The course is aimed at speakers of foreign languages, but may also be a useful tool for English speakers looking to hone their essay writing skills.
This lesson prepares the instructor--even at the college level--to teach Emerson. It provides important context, explanations, and glosses of Emerson's dense but famous essay. Emerson's work is challenging for students, even at the college level, because his writing does not appear to be transparent or follow the form of a logical, traditional argument. This lesson provides openings and important instruction into how to approach AND understand Emerson. It is designed in such a way that students (and professors/teachers) have the tools they need to engage with his philosophical ideas, as well as with his style and rhetoric. Indeed, this lesson makes Emerson relevant by requiring students to consider and then respond to the basic tenets of "Self-Reliance." The nod to Twitter in the activity is creative and fun. My only suggestion would be to consider in what ways Emerson and his ideas and work have come to occupy a hallowed space in American culture and the American literary imagination.