“ The dorm ” is a central part of any college experience. By living on Suffolk’s campus, you’ll get to experience this part of college life ahead of time (with the added benefit of your Abbey Road staff members living in the same building). You’ll be on the college “meal plan,” live in campus dorms with your Abbey Road peers and be expected to manage your daily schedule and look after your dorm space (yes we mean pick up after yourself and do your own laundry). In your free time (and respecting our safety guidelines) you’ll be ideally located to easily take advantage of the excitement of Boston’s city center , historic neighborhoods , waterfront and famous Theater district with friends.
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.